Gender and Memory in Medieval Europe / Edition 1

Gender and Memory in Medieval Europe / Edition 1

by Elisabeth Van Houts
     
 

ISBN-10: 0802082777

ISBN-13: 9780802082770

Pub. Date: 06/28/1999

Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

Tracing the oral and written memories of families and monastic communities through chronicles, saints' lives, and material objects such as jewellery and memorial stones, Elisabeth van Houts argues that in the Middle Ages, as now, the knowledge of the past was shaped by men as well as women. Men may have dominated the pages of literature but many of the stories they

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Tracing the oral and written memories of families and monastic communities through chronicles, saints' lives, and material objects such as jewellery and memorial stones, Elisabeth van Houts argues that in the Middle Ages, as now, the knowledge of the past was shaped by men as well as women. Men may have dominated the pages of literature but many of the stories they wrote were told to them by women. The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 provides a case study to illustrate the ways in which one memorable event reverberated through the generations. In England and Normandy, men and women remembered their ancestors' experiences: the worst were kept alive orally for a long time before they were written down, the best were put on paper straight away.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802082770
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date:
06/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.45(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.42(d)

Table of Contents

General Editor's Preface
Acknowledgements
Foreword
1Introduction1
Pt. IGender and the Authority of Oral Witnesses17
2Chronicles and Annals19
3Saints' Lives and Miracles41
Pt. IIRemembrance of the Past63
4Ancestors, Family Repuation and Female Traditions65
5Objects as Pegs for Memory93
Pt. IIIOne Event Remembered121
6The Memory of the Norman Conquest of England in 1066123
7Conclusion143
App. 1Aethelweard's letter to Abbess Matilda of Essen151
App. 2Count Rainald of Burgundy's letter to Guy Geoffrey of Acquitaine153
App. 3Beatrix's letter to her brother Bishop Udo of Hildesheim154
App. 4Robert of Torigni's genealogies of Countess Gunnor's relatives156
App. 5Lambert of Wattrelos's family history159
App. 6Letter 33 from Gui of Bazoches to his nephew Rainald161
Abbreviations162
Notes163
Further Reading180
Index187

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