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Library JournalAs editor of the online Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index, Schaus (Haverford Coll. Lib.) is familiar with current research in the fields of medieval women and medieval gender history. In this encyclopedia, which covers Europe from the fall of Rome to the discovery of the Americas (roughly 450 to 1500 C.E.), she has assembled an impressive list of international scholars to write about their relevant areas of expertise. Eschewing the trend of focusing only on medieval aristocratic women, the authors shed light on women in virtually every facet of medieval life. They pay particular attention to women in the church; included, e.g., is a calendar of female saints. More than 560 signed A-to-Z entries, each varying from a paragraph to several pages long, include cross listings as well as reference and further reading sections (the reference section usually names works published by the contributor). The authors incorporate current research to provide readers with the latest information and address the different methodologies being used in the field. They also discuss historical documents, making readers aware of the types of primary sources available. Rounding out the work are a thematic list of entries, four appendixes (e.g., one devoted to milestones in medieval women's history, one listing the works cited most frequently in the bibliographies at the end of each entry), and a thorough index.