Writing Medieval Women’s Lives

Author: C. Goldy,A. Livingstone

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 9781349296057

Category: History

Page: 294

View: 8274

A collection of essays representing the growing variety of approaches used to write the history of medieval women. They reflect the European medieval world socially, geographically and across religious boundaries, engaging directly with how the medieval women's experience wa reconstructed, as well as what the experience was.
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Women and Experience in Later Medieval Writing

Reading the Book of Life

Author: Anneke B. Mulder-Bakker

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780230602878

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 194

View: 9564

By tracing the theme through different texts and genres, contributors uncover the fabric of experience woven into the writings by, for, and about women. They discover distinct and informal “communities of discourse” and study the learning, reading, and writing practices which women enjoyed. By showing how such practices ran both parallel to, but also often incorporated, traditional, male-focused learning activity this volume advances the “new” genre of “the book of life” and makes a compelling case for a new reading of medieval texts.
Posted in Language Arts & Disciplines

Women's Lives in Medieval Europe

A Sourcebook

Author: Emilie Amt

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113472067X

Category: History

Page: 296

View: 9414

Praise for the first edition: 'It is difficult to imagine another book in which one could find all this diverse material, and no doubt Amt's collection, in its richness, and in its genuine clarity and simplicity will takes prominent place in our expanded, diversified medieval curriculum, a curriculum that takes class, gender, and ethnicity as central to an understanding of world cultural history.' - The Medieval Review Long considered to be a definitive and truly groundbreaking collection of sources, Women’s Lives in Medieval Europe uniquely presents the everyday lives and experiences of women in the Middle Ages. This indispensible text has now been thoroughly updated and expanded to reflect new research, and includes previously unavailable source material. This new edition includes expanded sections on marriage and sexuality, and on peasant women and townswomen, as well as a new section on women and the law. There are brief introductions both to the period and to the individual documents, study questions to accompany each reading, a glossary of terms and a fully updated bibliography. Working within a multi-cultural framework, the book focuses not just on the Christian majority, but also present material about women in minority groups in Europe, such as Jews, Muslims, and those considered to be heretics. Incorporating both the laws, regulations and religious texts that shaped the way women lived their lives, and personal narratives by and about medieval women, the book is unique in examining women’s lives through the lens of daily activities, and in doing so as far as possible through the voices of women themselves.
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Women and Experience in Later Medieval Writing

Reading the Book of Life

Author: A. Mulder-Bakker

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230620736

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 194

View: 1657

This volume examines the common medieval notion of life experience as a source of wisdom and traces that theme through different texts and genres to uncover the fabric of experience woven into the writings by, for, and about women.
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A History of Women in the West

Silences of the Middle Ages. 2

Author: Georges Duby,Michelle Perrot

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674403680

Category: History

Page: 592

View: 5265

Discusses the legal, social, and religious position of women in the Greco-Roman world and during the Middle Ages.
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Medieval Women's Writing

Author: Diane Watt

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 074565763X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 216

View: 3544

Medieval Women's Writing is a major new contribution to our understanding of women's writing in England, 1100-1500. The most comprehensive account to date, it includes writings in Latin and French as well as English, and works for as well as by women. Marie de France, Clemence of Barking, Julian of Norwich, Margery Kempe, and the Paston women are discussed alongside the Old English lives of women saints, The Life of Christina of Markyate, the St Albans Psalter, and the legends of women saints by Osbern Bokenham. Medieval Women's Writing addresses these key questions: Who were the first women authors in the English canon? What do we mean by women's writing in the Middle Ages? What do we mean by authorship? How can studying medieval writing contribute to our understanding of women's literary history? Diane Watt argues that female patrons, audiences, readers, and even subjects contributed to the production of texts and their meanings, whether written by men or women. Only an understanding of textual production as collaborative enables us to grasp fully women's engagement with literary culture. This radical rethinking of early womens literary history has major implications for all scholars working on medieval literature, on ideas of authorship, and on women's writing in later periods. The book will become standard reading for all students of these debates.
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Women Writers of the Middle Ages

A Critical Study of Texts from Perpetua to Marguerite Porete

Author: Peter Dronke

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521275736

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 338

View: 4820

This book gives a detailed picture of the contributions made by women writers to Western literature from the third century to the thirteenth. Many of the texts Peter Dronke presents and interprets have hitherto remained unknown, or virtually inaccessible; some have never been edited or translated before. The emphasis throughout is on personal testimonies, and on texts that have notable literary or intellectual interest. Thus the book affords many new insights into medieval literature, not only into the writings of renowned women such as Hrotsvitha or Heloise, but also into those of a number of neglected writers who are exceptional in their gifts and individuality. Already highly influential, Women Writers of the Middle Ages continues to be essential reading for specialists and students alike in medieval literature, medieval intellectual history, and women's studies.
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Women in the Middle Ages

The Lives of Real Women in a Vibrant Age of Transition

Author: Joseph Gies,Frances Gies

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780062016577

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

View: 5960

Reissued for the first time in decades, this ambitious work of Medieval scholarship by bestselling historians Frances and Joseph Gies traces the stories and fates of women in Medieval Europe over the course of a millennium. Medieval history is often written as a series of battles and territorial shifts. But the essential contributions of women during this period have been too often relegated to the dustbin of history. In Women in the Middle Ages, Frances and Joseph Gies reclaim this lost history, in a lively historical survey that charts the evolution of women’s roles throughout the period, and profiles eight individual women in depth. We learn of Hildegarde of Bingen, an abbess who was a noted composer and founded two monasteries; of Eleanor de Montfort, a 13th century Princess of Wales who was captured by Edward I and held as a political prisoner for three years; and women of somewhat more modest means, such as the spouse of an Italian merchant, and a peasant’s wife. Drawing upon their various stories, talented historians Frances and Joseph Gies—whose books were used by George R.R. Martin in his research for Game of Thrones—offer a kaleidoscopic view of the lives of women throughout this tumultuous period. “A wealth of solid information.” –New York Times
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The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Women's Writing

Author: Carolyn Dinshaw,David Wallace

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521796385

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 289

View: 9266

This Companion examines the lives of medieval women by focusing on the texts that emerged from and shaped their experience.
Posted in Literary Criticism

Medieval Women and the Law

Author: Noël James Menuge

Publisher: Boydell Press

ISBN: 9780851159324

Category: History

Page: 169

View: 9692

Legal records illuminate womens' use of legal processes, with regard to the making of wills, the age of consent, rights concerning marriage and children, women as traders, etc.
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Women Medievalists and the Academy

Author: Jane Chance

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 9780299207502

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 1073

View: 3741

Long overlooked in standard reference works, pioneering women medievalists finally receive their due in Women Medievalists and the Academy. This comprehensive edited volume brings to life a diverse collection of inspiring figures through memoirs, biographical essays, and interviews. Covering many different nationalities and academic disciplines—including literature, philology, history, archaeology, art history, theology (or religious studies), and philosophy—each essay delves into one woman’s life, intellectual contributions, and efforts to succeed in a male-dominated field. Together, these extraordinary personal histories constitute a new standard reference that speaks to a growing interest in women’s roles in the development of scholarship and the academy. The collection begins in the seventeenth century with Elizabeth Elstob and continues through the twentieth century, and includes—among more than seventy profiles—such important figures as Anna Jameson, Lina Eckenstein, Georgiana Goddard King, Eileen [Edna Le Poer] Power, Dorothy L. Sayers, Dorothy Whitelock, Susan Mosher Stuard, Marcia Colish, and Caroline Walker Bynum, among others.
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Women's Life Writing and Imagined Communities

Author: Cynthia Anne Huff

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780415372206

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 330

View: 8976

Recognising the great legacy of women's life writings, this book draws on a wealth of sources to critically examine the impact of these writings on our communities.
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A Cultural History of Women in the Middle Ages

Author: Kim M. Phillips

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

ISBN: 9780857850980

Category: History

Page: 352

View: 6022

The medieval era has been described as 'the 'Age of Chivalry' and 'the Age of Faith' but also as 'the Dark Ages'. Medieval women have often been viewed as subject to a punishing misogyny which limited their legal rights and economic activities, but some scholars have claimed they enjoyed a 'rough and ready equality' with men. The contrasting figures of Eve and the Virgin Mary loom over historians' interpretations of the period 1000-1500. Yet a wealth of recent historiography goes behind these conventional motifs, showing how medieval women's lives were shaped by status, age, life-stage, geography and religion as well as by gender. A Cultural History of Women in the Middle Ages presents essays on medieval women's life cycle, bodies and sexuality, religion and popular beliefs, medicine and disease, public and private realms, education and work, power, and artistic representation to illustrate the diversity of medieval women's lives and constructions of femininity.
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The Power of a Woman's Voice in Medieval and Early Modern Literatures

New Approaches to German and European Women Writers and to Violence Against Women in Premodern Times

Author: Albrecht Classen

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110897776

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 459

View: 2079

The study takes the received view among scholars that women in the Middle Ages were faced with sustained misogyny and that their voices were seldom heard in public and subjects it to a critical analysis. The ten chapters deal with various aspects of the question, and the voices of a variety of authors - both female and male - are heard. The study opens with an enquiry into violence against women, including in texts by male writers (Hartmann von Aue, Gottfried von Straßburg, Wolfram von Eschenbach) which indeed describe instances of violence, but adopt an extremely critical stance towards them. It then proceeds to show how women were able to develop an independent identity in various genres and could present themselves as authorities in the public eye. Mystic texts by Hildegard of Bingen, Marie de France and Margery Kempe, the medieval conduct poem known as Die Winsbeckin, the Devout Books of Sisters composed in convents in South-West Germany, but also quasi-historical documents such as the memoirs of Helene Kottaner or Anna Weckerin's cookery book, demonstrate that far more women were in the public gaze than had hitherto been assumed and that they possessed the self-confidence to establish their positions with their intellectual and their literary achievements.
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Holy Feast and Holy Fast

The Religious Significance of Food to Medieval Women

Author: Caroline Walker Bynum

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520063297

Category: Religion

Page: 444

View: 1349

Examines the role of food in the religion of women in the Middle Ages and argues that food practices enabled women to exert power in the family and define their religious vocations
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The Oxford Handbook of Women and Gender in Medieval Europe

Author: Judith M. Bennett,Ruth Mazo Karras

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191667307

Category: History

Page: 642

View: 4216

The Oxford Handbook of Women and Gender in Medieval Europe provides a comprehensive overview of the gender rules encountered in Europe in the period between approximately 500 and 1500 C.E. The essays collected in this volume speak to interpretative challenges common to all fields of women's and gender history - that is, how best to uncover the experiences of ordinary people from archives formed mainly by and about elite males, and how to combine social histories of lived experiences with cultural histories of gendered discourses and identities. The collection focuses on Western Europe in the Middle Ages but offers some consideration of medieval Islam and Byzantium. The Handbook is structured into seven sections: Christian, Jewish, and Muslim thought; law in theory and practice; domestic life and material culture; labour, land, and economy; bodies and sexualities; gender and holiness; and the interplay of continuity and change throughout the medieval period. It contains material from some of the foremost scholars in this field, and it not only serves as the major reference text in medieval and gender studies, but also provides an agenda for future new research.
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Sainted Women of the Dark Ages

Author: Jo Ann McNamara,John E. Halborg,E. Gordon Whatley

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9780822312161

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 340

View: 5870

Sainted Women of the Dark Ages makes available the lives of eighteen Frankish women of the sixth and seventh centuries, all of whom became saints. Written in Latin by contemporaries or near contemporaries, and most translated here for the first time, these biographies cover the period from the fall of the Roman Empire and the conversion of the invading Franks to the rise of Charlemagne's family. Three of these holy women were queens who turned to religion only after a period of intense worldly activity. Others were members of the Carolingian family, deeply implicated in the political ambitions of their male relatives. Some were partners in the great Irish missions to the pagan countryside and others worked for the physical salvation of the poor. From the peril and suffering of their lives they shaped themselves as paragons of power and achievement. Beloved by their sisters and communities for their spiritual gifts, they ultimately brought forth a new model of sanctity. These biographies are unusually authentic. At least two were written by women who knew their subjects, while others reflect the direct testimony of sisters within the cloister walls. Each biography is accompanied by an introduction and notes that clarify its historical context. This volume will be an excellent source for students and scholars of women's studies and early medieval social, religious, and political history.
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Female vita religiosa between Late Antiquity and the High Middle Ages

structures, developments and spatial contexts

Author: Anne Müller

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 3643901240

Category: History

Page: 440

View: 9615

This book considers the development of female religious life between Late Antiquity and the High Middle Ages. It is the first general study to address this earlier period. Chapters range widely over major themes associated with spiritual ideas and social functions, normative structures and spatial organization, forms of communal life, economic foundations, and social relationships. Along with these, "evolutionary" aspects - including charismatic beginnings and the activity of founders in relation to institutionalization, but also the effects of crises, reformation, and transformation - are examined in chronologically-broad and geographically-diverse settings, based on the analysis of significant phenomena and examples. The book provides a comparative approach, which will allow a better understanding of the dynamics, complexities, and differentiations in women's religious life, as well as their cultural importance and - in relation to the male religious - occasionally ambivalent status. (Series: Vita regularis - Ordnungen und Deutungen religiosen Lebens im Mittelalter. Abhandlungen - Vol. 47)
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The Axe and the Oath

Ordinary Life in the Middle Ages

Author: Robert Fossier,Lydia G. Cochrane

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691154317

Category: History

Page: 384

View: 1132

Describes how the average individual lived during the Middle Ages, from their social and familial interactions to their beliefs about spirituality, nature, and culture.
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Women in Medieval English Society

Author: Mavis E. Mate,Economic History Society

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521587334

Category: History

Page: 114

View: 3430

Examination of the evidence and major issues and debates deciding the position of women in medieval society.
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