The Cultural Patronage of Medieval Women by June McCashThe Cultural Patronage of Medieval Women by June McCash

The Cultural Patronage of Medieval Women

EditorJune McCash

Paperback | March 1, 1996

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The Cultural Patronage of Medieval Women is the first volume exclusively devoted to an examination of the significant role played by women as patrons in the evolution of medieval culture. The twelve essays in this volume look at women not simply as patrons of letters but also as patrons of the visual and decorative arts, of architecture, and of religious and educational foundations.

Patronage as a means of empowerment for women is an issue that underlies many of the essays. Among the other topics discussed are the various forms patronage took, the obstacles to women's patronage, and the purposes behind patronage. Some women sought to further political and dynastic agendas; others were more concerned with religion and education; still others sought to provide positive role models for women. The amusement of their courts was also a consideration for female patrons.

These essays also demonstrate that as patrons women were often innovators. They encouraged vernacular literature as well as the translation of historical works and of the Bible, frequently with commentary, into the vernacular. They led the way in sponsoring a variety of genres and encouraged some of the best-known and most influential writers of the Middle Ages. Moreover, they were at the forefront in fostering the new art of printing, which made books accessible to a larger number of people. Finally, the essays make clear that behind much patronage lay a concern for the betterment of women.

June Hall McCash is a professor of French at Middle Tennessee State University. She is the author of Love's Fools: Aucassin, Troilus, Calisto, and the Parody of the Courtly Lover and the coauthor, with William Barton McCash, of The Jekyll Island Club: Southern Haven for America's Millionaires (Georgia).
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Title:The Cultural Patronage of Medieval WomenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:424 pages, 9.01 × 6.21 × 0.95 inPublished:March 1, 1996Publisher:University Of Georgia Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0820317020

ISBN - 13:9780820317021

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