18 February 2021

Personal devotion in late medieval Bristol: The case of Isabel Ruddock

Isabel Ruddock was a woman of middling sort who lived and died in Bristol in the early fifteenth century.

Her prayer book and last will and testament survive to this day. Both objects reflect her external expressions of inner devotional feeling.

Based on the evidence associated with these objects, this talk will reconstruct some of her piety, her kinship links and status against the backdrop of late medieval Bristol.

It will also consider the choices Isabel Ruddock made in pursuit of her piety, her priorities at different points of her life-cycle and her changing roles as maid, wife and widow.

Speaker: Dr Esther Lewis grew up in Bristol and completed her PhD in late medieval history at the University of Nottingham in 2020. Her research focused on popular piety and dissent in fifteenth-century Bristol.

This is a UWE Regional History Centre talk in partnership with M Shed seminar series.

How to take part

This free, online talk will be held over Zoom. Please book your place below. Details of how to join the session will be in your registration email. Please check your spam folder if the email does not arrive. Bookings close at 2pm on Thursday 18 February.

Although this talk is free, we would be grateful if you could consider making a donation.

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