Long considered to be a definitive and truly groundbreaking collection of sources, Women’s Lives in Medieval Europe uniquely presents the everyday lives and experiences of women in the Middle Ages. This indispensible text has now been thoroughly updated and expanded to reflect new research, and includes previously unavailable source material.


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Long considered to be a definitive and truly groundbreaking collection of sources, Women’s Lives in Medieval Europe uniquely presents the everyday lives and experiences of women in the Middle Ages. This indispensible text has now been thoroughly updated and expanded to reflect new research, and includes previously unavailable source material.


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A collection of public and private records, letters, laws, historical and personal narratives, and archaeological evidence illuminate what was expected of women between the 5th and the 15th centuries, and what they had to say about life. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781134720675
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/13/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 296
  • File size: 4 MB

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
I The Heritage of Ideas: Christian Belief, Roman Ideals, and Germanic Custom
A Christian Belief
1 The Bible: Adam and Eve (1st Millennium B.C.) 13
2 The Bible: Model Women in the Gospels (1st c. A.D.) 16
3 The Bible: Epistles of St. Paul (1st c. A.D.) 19
4 St. Jerome: Virginity and Marriage (4th c. A.D.) 23
5 St. Augustine of Hippo: On Marriage and Concupiscence (423 A.D.) 26
B Roman Ideals
6 Funeral Eulogy of Tuna (1st c. B.C.) 29
7 Seneca: Letter to His Mother (1st c. A.D.) 31
8 Laws of the Roman Empire (3rd-6th c. A.D.) 33
C Germanic Custom
9 Tacitus: The Germans (98 A.D.) 36
10 Laws of the Salian Franks (6th c. A.D.) 38
11 Laws of the Burgundians (5th-6th c. A.D.) 45
II Conditions of Life: Law, Marriage, and Health and Safety
A Law
12 Norman Laws (Early 13th c.) 53
13 Laws of Sicily (1231) 60
14 Spanish Laws (13th c.) 69
15 Customs of Magdeburg (13th c.) 70
16 London Records: Crimes and Punishments (14th c.) 72
17 Sumptuary Laws (13th-14th c.) 74
B Marriage
18 Gratian: Canon Law on Marriage (12th c.) 79
19 Liturgy for the Marriage Service (11th-16th c.) 83
20 The Book of Vices and Virtues: Blessings of Marriage (13th-14th c.) 89
21 Holy Maidenhood: A Debate on Marriage (13th c.) 90
C Health and Safety
22 Simeon of Durham: Accounts of Warfare (11th c.) 95
23 Liturgy for Mothers (11th-16th c.) 97
24 Trotula of Salerno: The Diseases of Women (11th-13th c.) 98
25 University of Paris Records: Case of a Woman Physician (1322) 108
26 London Records: Sanitary Conditions (14th c.) 112
27 Royal Proclamation: Exclusion of Lepers (1346) 114
28 Boccaccio: The Plague in Florence (1348) 115
III The Noble Life
29 Gregory of Tours: The Story of Ingitrude and Berthegund (6th c.) 121
30 Dhuoda: Manual for Her Son (841-43) 123
31 Anglo-Saxon Wills (10th-11th c.) 130
32 The Life of Christina of Markyate: Christina's Rebellion (12th c.) 136
33 Autobiography of Guibert de Nogent: Life of His Mother (11th-12th c.) 142
34 Alexander Neckham: A Country House (12th c.) 150
35 Matilda of Stickney: Land Grants (ca. 1170-98) 152
36 The Roll of Ladies and Boys and Girls (1185) 154
37 Cristina Corner: Petition for Exemption from Sumptuary Laws (15th c.) 157
38 Leonor Lopez de Cordoba: Autobiography (14th-15th c.) 158
39 Christine de Pisan: Advice to Noblewomen (1405) 163
40 Household Accounts of Dame Alice de Bryene (1412-13) 165
41 The Paston Family: Letters (15th c.) 170
42 A Manor House: Ightham Mote (ca. 1340) 174
IV The Working Life: Agricultural, Domestic, and Commercial
A Agricultural and Domestic
43 Gregory of Tours: Frankish Working Women (6th c.) 179
44 Carolingian Laws: Women's Work on Royal Estates (Late 8th c.) 179
45 Freeing of a Serf (1050) 180
46 Descriptions of Maidservants' Work (12th-13th c.) 181
47 Survey of Alwalton: Obligations of Peasants (1279) 182
48 Manorial Court Rolls (14th c.) 184
49 Coroners' Rolls: Violent Incidents (13th-14th c.) 188
50 Peasant Dwellings 192
B Commercial
51 Parisian Guild Regulations (13th c.) 194
52 Alexander Neckham: Descriptions of Crafts (12th c.) 197
53 Lawsuit: Women Moneylenders (1281) 199
54 Infractions of Commercial Regulations (13th-14th c.) 201
55 Business Contracts (14th-15th c.) 206
56 Guardians' Accounts: Raising Girls (14th c.) 208
57 London Prostitutes (14th c.) 210
58 Carpenter's Specifications: A Town House (1308) 213
59 A Town Building 214
V The Religious Life
60 Church Council Decrees (5th-7th c.) 219
61 Caesarius of Arles: Rule for Nuns (ca. 512-534) 221
62 Simeon of Durham: Segregated Churches (7th-11th c.) 231
63 Hildegard of Bingen: Letter to Her Nuns (12th c.) 233
64 The Rule of St. Clare (1253) 235
65 Eudes of Rouen: Visitations of Nunneries (13th c.) 245
66 Th
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