"The Lady as Lord in the Crusader States"

Presented by Sharan Newman

Medievalist and Author of Historical Mysteries

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 6:30 PM, Changing Hands Bookstore

Co-sponsored by Women and Gender Studies in the School of Social Transformation and Project Humanities at Arizona State University

About the Program

The Crusades are considered a largely male endeavor but due to capture, death in battle and a high female birth rate, women often ruled the new kingdoms. Learn about Melisende, queen of Jerusalem, Alice and Constance of Antioch, Emma, the “Lady of Jaffa” and many others, doing what traditional historians insisted that women never did.

About Sharan Newman

Sharan Newman is a medieval historian and author. She took her Master's degree in Medieval Literature at Michigan State University and then did her doctoral work at the University of California at Santa Barbara in Medieval Studies, specializing in twelfth-century France. She is a member of the Medieval Academy and the Medieval Association of the Pacific. Sharan Newman is the author of fourteen novels including the award winning works, Death Comes as Epiphany, Cursed in the Blood and The Witch in the Well as well as three works of non-fiction on the Da Vinci Code, the Templars and the end of the world.