Women in the Days of Cathedralsby Regine Pernoud, Anne Cote-Harriss, Pernoud Regine
Regine Pernoud has addressed herself to the study of many questions about the status of women in the Middle Ages and presents her surprising answers in this captivating work. Here one learns that the most ancient treatise on education in France was written by a woman; and medicine was practiced regularly by women in the thirteenth century; that in the twelfth century the Order of Fontevraud gathered both monks and religious sisters under the authority of an abbess.
This is a systematic study that provides a multitude of concrete examples. No aspect of feminine activity in the course of the medieval periods is neglected: administration of property, professions and commerce, the intellectual life, even politics; writers, educators, sovereigns, and those who enlivened the royal courts. Moreover, the author draws from the history of law and the history of events and social customs to sketch something never before attempted, an outline of the evolution of the power of women. This is a classic work without reference to which any inquiry into the questions addressed here must remain incomplete.
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This amazing and very readible book debunks once and for all the chronological snobbery that would sneer at the place of women in the Middle Ages. It reveals through a thorough study of records and an insightful attentiveness to the data that women flourished in the Middle Ages in a way that has not been known in history before or since. In that millennium between the ancient Roman world and the desire to return to it in the Renaissance, the genius of woman was able to gradually emerge and reach heights of originality and achievement that puts to shame the feminism of the 20th Century, with its preoccupation to imitate all things perceived to be male. The uniqueness of Christianity bears fruit in a unique flowering of women in the Middle Ages. The 'progress' from the 14th centruy onwards is a progressive stripping of the rights and place of women until a more reactionary feminism in the 20th century attempts the final demise of femininity! There is still hope - for nature can be railed against, but not destroyed.