Medieval Coventry resources

The 15th-century Doom Painting at Holy Trinity Church, Coventry
Credit: Photograph by Paul and Chloe Gardner

Our aim is to inspire people to find out more about Coventry during the Middle Ages. We are doing this through our projects and by developing a resource bank of information:

  • Medieval Coventry timeline 1043 to 1547 – this provides a useful overview of the key events and dates in Coventry’s development during the Middle Ages. Download pdf
  • Coventry’s medieval treasures – Coventry has one of the best collections of medieval art and architecture in the country, as well as examples of its high quality 15th-century music and drama. This reflects Coventry’s late medieval ‘golden period’ between c. 1350 and c. 1540. Find out more.
  • Royal women of influence – Queen Isabella (1295–1358) and Queen Margaret of Anjou (1430–1482) were two medieval queens who found themselves governing England at times of political turmoil. Not only did they hold great sway in the political and economic fortunes of the country, they both had significant influence in Coventry.

The two queens were the focus of a 2018 exhibition produced by Medieval Coventry in collaboration with the University of Oxford and sponsored by Coventry City of Culture Trust and the Heritage Lottery Fund/Arts Council. Click here for more information. 

Further information about Isabella and Margaret and their connection with Coventry can be found here.

Swanswell Gate, c. 1395, one of two surviving city gates Credit: Photograph by Paul and Chloe Gardner
The rear of the gatehouse to Cheylesmore manor Credit: Photograph by Paul and Chloe Gardner