Women at Work in Medieval Europe

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This authoritative reference provides a spirited look at a slice of history rarely discussed. High-born and low-, women workers abounded in Medieval Europe-they apprenticed to trades, were licensed by cities and states, and identified themselves by the work they did (as surnames like "Webster" and "Brewster" attest to this day). Organized by profession, the book uses original documents and art to explore the many trades women engaged in at this time, the rewards they attained by their labor, and the dangers they ...
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Overview

This authoritative reference provides a spirited look at a slice of history rarely discussed. High-born and low-, women workers abounded in Medieval Europe-they apprenticed to trades, were licensed by cities and states, and identified themselves by the work they did (as surnames like "Webster" and "Brewster" attest to this day). Organized by profession, the book uses original documents and art to explore the many trades women engaged in at this time, the rewards they attained by their labor, and the dangers they faced.
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Following four decades of research, Cosman presents a detailed treatment of working women in Medieval Europe. During her study of primary and secondary source materials, Cosman discovered that medieval women had an active role in the working world, including participation in the fields of medicine, literature, politics and management, crafts, trades, and agriculture as well as in illicit activities such as prostitution and thievery. In her text, the author provides an overview of each profession and biographies of specific women in the field, such as physician Trotula of Salerno and Christine De Pizan, a writer. Extensive captions accompany each primary source illustration, providing an explanation of the illustration and medieval customs. The quality of the research and the abundance of illustrations make this work an excellent choice for schools reaching grades nine through twelve and for public libraries that serve high school and college students. The author provides a valuable list of notes and references for those interested in further research. Unfortunately, Cosman does not follow a standard citation format, such as MLA style. The reader must read her explanation of the source note format to link to the section in the text. This slight criticism aside, libraries might want to purchase this volume for their circulating collection but for their reference collections if there is a high demand for medieval research. Index. Illus. Source Notes. 2000, Facts on File, 192p. PLB $29.95. Ages 16 to Adult. Reviewer: Sarah A. Hudson SOURCE: VOYA, August 2001 (Vol. 24, No. 3)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780816045662
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Pages: 208
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 7.94 (h) x 0.24 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments iv
Introduction v
1 Women Writers and Poets 1
2 Medical Women: Physicians, Surgeons, and Pharmacists 25
3 Lady Bosses: Rulers of Manors and Monasteries 51
4 Craftswomen: in Markets, Fields, and Mines 75
5 Women in Illicit Trades 103
Notes and References 129
Photo Credits 183
Index 185
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