Women as Scribes: Book Production and Monastic Reform in Twelfth-Century Bavaria by Alison I. BeachWomen as Scribes: Book Production and Monastic Reform in Twelfth-Century Bavaria by Alison I. Beach

Women as Scribes: Book Production and Monastic Reform in Twelfth-Century Bavaria

byAlison I. Beach

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Alison Beach's book on female scribes in twelfth-century Bavaria is based on the belief that the scriptorium was vital to the intellectual revival of the Middle Ages and that women played a role in this renaissance. Beach's focus on manuscript production at three rather different religious houses, and the religious, intellectual, social and economic factors which influenced that production, enables her to draw wide-ranging conclusions of interest to palaeographers as well as others interested in religious and gender history.

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Title:Women as Scribes: Book Production and Monastic Reform in Twelfth-Century BavariaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 9.61 × 6.69 × 0.47 inPublished:December 3, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521126940

ISBN - 13:9780521126946

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Diemut and the nun-scribes of Wessobrunn; 3. Claustration and collaboration: the nun-scribes of Admont; 4. Unlikely allies in the scriptorium: the female scribes of Schäftlarn; 5. Conclusion; Appendix A: Codicological tables; Appendix B: Ruling patterns; Bibliography; Index.

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"...if her book is indeed merely a beginning of an answer to the questio nof whether women copied books in the Middle Ages, it is unquestionably a very sound beginning, and the information it contains is of the greatest value." - Speculum David N. Bell, Memorial University of Newfoundland