Women, Reading, and Piety in Late Medieval England

Women, Reading, and Piety in Late Medieval England

by Mary C. Erler
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521812216

ISBN-13: 9780521812214

Pub. Date: 05/28/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Mary Erler traces networks of female book ownership and exchange which have so far been obscure, and shows how women were responsible for owning as well as circulating devotional books. Seven narratives of individual women who lived between 1350 and 1550 are enclosed by an overview of nuns' reading and their surviving books, and a survey of women who owned the

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Mary Erler traces networks of female book ownership and exchange which have so far been obscure, and shows how women were responsible for owning as well as circulating devotional books. Seven narratives of individual women who lived between 1350 and 1550 are enclosed by an overview of nuns' reading and their surviving books, and a survey of women who owned the first printed books in England. An appendix lists a number of books not previously attributed to female ownership.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521812214
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2004
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature Series, #46
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Prologue; Introduction: Dinah's story; 1. Ownership and transmission of books: women's religious communities; 2. The library of a London vowess: Margery de Nerford; 3. A Norwich widow and her devout society: Margaret Purdans; 4. Orthodoxy: the Fettyplace sisters at Syon; 5. Heterodoxy: anchoress Katherine Manne and abbess Elizabeth Throckmorton; 6. Women owners or religious incunabula: the physical evidence; Epilogue; Appendices; Notes; Select bibliography; Indexes.

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