Women and Writing in Medieval Europe: A Sourcebook


Including literary, historical and theological writings by women, and spanning 1,000 years from Iceland to Byzantium, this book presents a comprehensive collection of primary writings by and about medieval women.
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Including literary, historical and theological writings by women, and spanning 1,000 years from Iceland to Byzantium, this book presents a comprehensive collection of primary writings by and about medieval women.
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A collection of primary texts by and about women for students of medieval literature and history or women's studies. Spanning a thousand years and Europe from Iceland to Byzantium, they include literary, historical, theological, and other types of narrative and imaginative writing. Larrington (Medieval English, Oxford U.) explains the historical contexts in introductions to the sections and smaller groups of texts, and in notes. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415106856
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Introduction 1
1 Marriage
The good wives 19
The malmariee 20
Marriages in romance 23
A rash wooing: unusual events at a wedding feast 25
The disobedient wife 28
A forward young woman 30
Duties of the bourgeois housewife 31
Caring for a sick husband 34
A clandestine marriage 36
2 Love, Sex and Friendship
An early woman's song 53
Sexual passion recalled 54
Two later love-lyrics 55
The Trobairitz 56
About love 59
The writing of love letters 61
Love between women 63
The Archpriest of Hita 65
Il Dolce Stil Nuovo 67
An alba (dawn-song) 69
A woman poet celebrates the female genitals 71
The dangers of courtly love 72
A thwarted affair 74
A Valentine letter 75
A Spanish woman poet 76
3 Motherhood and Work
Fredegund and Rigunth 90
Old English pregnancy charms 90
Taking in an orphan child 92
Trobairitz lyric on child-bearing 95
Mothers in Montaillou 95
The horrors of motherhood 96
Margery and her children 98
On the motherhood of Christ 101
Freydis's trading venture 103
Women in retail 105
Margery's business ventures 107
The division of labour 108
4 Women and Christianity
The life and death of Abbess Hild 126
The Nun of Watton 128
Hildegard's vision of Ecclesia, the Church 134
Rannveig's vision 138
The women of Helfta 141
Letters of St Clare of Assisi 149
5 Women and Power
Fredegund 164
Sigrid the Strong-minded 169
Anna Dalassena and imperial power 173
Alvild the Pirate 175
Queen Philippa and the burghers of Calais 177
A noble lady known to Christine de Pizan 178
The way of life of the wise princess 179
Joan of Arc 181
6 Education and Knowledge
The learning of Anglo-Saxon nuns 194
The teaching of girls 197
A wise woman prophesies 198
Women's physiology 200
Heloise and Abelard 204
Women's education and Christine's own experience 207
The foolishness of fashion 208
Selling one's soul for knowledge 210
7 Women and the Arts
The first western dramatist: Hrotsvit's Dulcitius 231
Some Norse women poets 234
Hildegard and music 236
Marie de France 240
The poetry of Hadewijch 242
Isolde and her music-making 248
An embroidered praise-song 250
Christine and the problem of representation 251
Becoming textual: how Margery got her book written 254
Bibliography 256
Index 269
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