Item Details

War of the Words [electronic resource]

BBC Worldwide Ltd
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Was the period known as the Dark Ages in fact a golden age for women in religion? In this program, Bettany Hughes profiles some powerful medieval women and shows how religion, and the written word, was vital to their authority. Hughes introduces the influential Theodora I, empress of Christian Byzantium; Muhammad's wives Khadija, the first convert to Islam, and Aisha, whose words are still read by millions of Muslims; Wu Zetian, promoter of Buddhism and China's only female ruler; and St. Hilda, who presided over the crucial Synod of Whitby.
Release Date
2012
Run Time
50 min.
Language
Closed-captioned
Rating
6 & up
Notes
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on January 18, 2013.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Series
Divine Women
Contents
  • Uncovering Women's Role in Religion (2:23)
  • Empress Theodora I (1:58)
  • Relocating an Empire (1:10)
  • Cult of the Virgin Mary: a Radical Christian Development (1:36)
  • Using Brains and Beauty (2:23)
  • Overcoming Adversity to Rule Byzantium (1:04)
  • Elevating Women Through the Cult of Mary (2:59)
  • Ruling by Divine Right in Byzantium (1:03)
  • A Growing Christian Empire (1:06)
  • Justinian and Theodora's Radical Reforms (1:21)
  • Crushing a Rebellion in Byzantium (2:27)
  • Theodora's Legacy (0:39)
  • China's Only Female Emperor (1:36)
  • A Chinese Ruler's Early Childhood (1:06)
  • A Noble Woman in 7th Century China (2:17)
  • An Unexpected Reprieve (1:41)
  • Rise to the Throne (1:09)
  • Using Religion as a Weapon (1:15)
  • Political Legitimacy through Faith (2:05)
  • Pragmatic Devotion to Buddhism (1:54)
  • A Royal and Sacred Act (1:45)
  • An Era of Harmony (1:27)
  • Legacy of China's Only Female Ruler (0:34)
  • A Medieval Champion for Social Progress (1:44)
  • Bringing Faith and Books to Barbarians (1:24)
  • Gaining Status through Religion and Literacy (1:03)
  • Influencing Medieval Leaders (1:05)
  • Synod of Whitby: Presided by an Abbess (1:48)
  • Women's Changing Role in English Christianity (1:10)
  • Women Lose Educational Rights in Britain (0:37)
  • Light and Female Leadership (1:25)
  • Credits: War of the Words: Divine Women (0:46)
Published
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2013], c2012.
Publisher no.
  • 52453s Films Media Group
  • 52456 Films Media Group
Access Restriction
Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
Description
1 streaming video file (50 min.) : sd., col.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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