Eve, the Apple and Medieval Society

Medieval theologians believed the nature of Eve’s disobedience, as told in the book of Genesis, was sexual and thus viewed women as a persistent source of sexual temptation. This course examines medieval society’s attitude to sex, love, romance, marriage, courtly love and various other alternatives through authors such as Andeas Cappellanus and Chretien de Toyes. It will also look at heretical sects that condoned sexuality outside of marriage and family, in defiance of Church orthodoxy.


Course Tutor
Carole Cusack


Supplied Course Material
Course Booklet


Units & Pricing
6 units / $78 per person


Course Code for Enrolment
D155


Getting Started

  1. Start your Group: Anyone can start a Discussion Group – seek out some like-minded friends or put up a notice in your local library, bookshop or workplace. Please note a minimum of 6 people is required to start a new discussion group.
  2. Arrange the Meetings: New groups need to decide where and when to meet, and for how long – whatever best suits members' particular situations.
  3. Run your Group: Choose a secretary to liaise with WEA and your tutor, a Discussion Leader to chair meetings, a reporter to take discussion notes to send to your tutor, and maybe a librarian to look after the books.
  4. Start the Course: Contact WEA Sydney to enrol. Bookings can be made for one year, divided into two terms – Term 1 commences in February, Term 2 in July (Groups may make forward bookings for popular choices). Please indicate in what order your Group wishes to study the courses, if more than one course is booked.