Women And Aristocratic Culture In The Carolingian World by Valerie L. GarverWomen And Aristocratic Culture In The Carolingian World by Valerie L. Garver

Women And Aristocratic Culture In The Carolingian World

byValerie L. Garver

Paperback | May 8, 2012

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Despite the wealth of scholarship in recent decades on medieval women, we still know much less about the experiences of women in the early Middle Ages than we do about those in later centuries. In Women and Aristocratic Culture in the Carolingian World, Valerie L. Garver offers a fresh appraisal of the cultural and social history of eighth- and ninth-century women. Examining changes in women's lives and in the ways others perceived women during the early Middle Ages, she shows that lay and religious women, despite their legal and social constrictions, played integral roles in Carolingian society.

Garver's innovative book employs an especially wide range of sources, both textual and material, which she uses to construct a more complex and nuanced impression of aristocratic women than we've seen before. She looks at the importance of female beauty and adornment; the family and the construction of identities and collective memory; education and moral exemplarity; wealth, hospitality and domestic management; textile work, and the lifecycle of elite Carolingian women.

Her interdisciplinary approach makes deft use of canons of church councils, chronicles, charters, polyptychs, capitularies, letters, poetry, exegesis, liturgy, inventories, hagiography, memorial books, artworks, archaeological remains, and textiles. Ultimately, Women and Aristocratic Culture in the Carolingian World underlines the centrality of the Carolingian era to the reshaping of antique ideas and the development of lasting social norms.

Valerie L. Garver is Associate Professor of History at Northern Illinois University.
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Title:Women And Aristocratic Culture In The Carolingian WorldFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.27 inPublished:May 8, 2012Publisher:CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0801477883

ISBN - 13:9780801477881

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"Valerie L. Garver has exhaustively combed a huge number of primary sources and frequently presents her findings in novel or unexpected conjunctions, to excellent effect, especially on such important questions as women's contribution to the domestic economy or the details of their prayer texts."—Julia Smith, Edwards Professor of Medieval History, University of Glasgow, author of Europe after Rome