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Medieval Women - Texts and Contexts in Late Medieval Britain
Essays in Honour of Felicity Riddy

J. Wogan-Browne, R. Voaden, A. Diamond, A. M. Hutchison, C. Meale, L. Johnson (eds.)
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XVI+436 p., 160 x 245 mm, 2000
ISBN: 978-2-503-50979-2
Languages: English
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Online content: http://dx.doi.org/10.1484/M.MWTC-EB.6.09070802050003050009070902

Profiting from the development of newly flexible models of gender, literacy, the political, the social, and the domestic, this volume on medieval women considers the broadest implications for the study of medieval culture without simply re-absorbing medieval women into invisibility.

In this themed collection of 24 articles by literary, historical and archaeological scholars, the study of medieval women is confidently and freshly mainstream. Profiting from the development of newly flexible models of gender, literacy, the political, the social, and the domestic, the volume is non-separatist, exploratory both of new source materials and new readings of established sources, and able to consider the broadest implications for the study of medieval culture without simply re-absorbing medieval women into invisibility. Grouped under the headings of matters of reading, of conduct and place, the essays move from legal cases to actual buildings and conceptions of the household to conduct books and chronicles to romances and saints' lives to the medieval unconscious and back again, exemplifying the mature interdisciplinarity of current work on medieval women. 
The contributors are: Priscilla Bawcutt, Peter Biller, Julia Boffey, Carolyn Collette, Patricia Cullum, Arlyn Diamond, Jane Gilbert, Jeremy Goldberg, Douglas Gray, Jane Grenville, Ann Hutchison, Noel James Menuge. Eric Johnson, Katherine Lewis, Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan, Sally Mapstone, Carol Meale, Alastair Minnis, Mark Ormrod, Helen Phillips, Kim Phillips, Sarah Rees Jones, Colin Richmond, Anne Savage, Nicholas Watson and Jocelyn Wogan-Browne.
Review

"The essays in this collection show how very rewarding it can be to look, to look through, and to look behind medieval texts with the kind of probing attention exemplified in Felicity Riddy's important work."         (S. Trigg in Parergon, p.248-250)

"...for anyone interested in late medieval women, this is a Festschrift worth buying..."      (R. Horrox in Ecclesiastical History, volume 53/4, October 2002, p.801-802)

"The collection is of a uniformly high intellectual calibre.(...) Not only an extremely handsome and well-made book, Medieval Women, 2000, is a benchmark for the festschrift genre."        (A. Blamires in Yearbook of English Studies, 33, 2003, p.334-336)

" The editors provide an intriguing mix of lively work, accurate referencing and a clear index, and have produced a Festschrift worthy of a prominent and influential medievalist." (K. Jackson in International Medieval Research, n° 9-10 for 2003-2004 (2005), p.70-72)

Interest Classification:
Religion (including History of Religion) & Theology
Christian Church : religious orders
Women's orders (nunneries, beguinages etc.)
Medieval & Modern (Indo-European) Languages & Literatures
English language & literature
Middle English language & literature
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : main subdisciplines
Social & economic history
Medieval European history (400-1500) : genres & specific topics
Women's & gender studies
Medieval European history (400-1500) : local & regional history
British Isles

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