Women, Reading, And Piety In Late Medieval England by Mary C. ErlerWomen, Reading, And Piety In Late Medieval England by Mary C. Erler

Women, Reading, And Piety In Late Medieval England

byMary C. ErlerEditorAlastair Minnis

Paperback | March 9, 2006

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Mary Erler traces networks of female book ownership and exchange which have so far been obscure, and shows how women were responsible for owning as well as circulating devotional books. Seven narratives of individual women who lived between 1350 and 1550 are enclosed by an overview of nuns' reading and their surviving books, and a survey of women who owned the first printed books in England. An appendix lists a number of books not previously attributed to female ownership.
Mary Erler is Professor of English at Fordham University. She has edited the work of the Tudor poet Robert Copland (1993) and has co-edited Women and Power in the Middle Ages (1988). She has written on devotional literature in L. Hellinga and J. B. Trapp (eds.), Cambridge History of the Book, Vol. 3, 1400-1557 (1999). Her essays have a...
Title:Women, Reading, And Piety In Late Medieval EnglandFormat:PaperbackDimensions:244 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.55 inPublished:March 9, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521024579

ISBN - 13:9780521024570


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Prologue; Introduction: Dinah's story; 1. Ownership and transmission of books: women's religious communities; 2. The library of a London vowess: Margery de Nerford; 3. A Norwich widow and her devout society: Margaret Purdans; 4. Orthodoxy: the Fettyplace sisters at Syon; 5. Heterodoxy: anchoress Katherine Manne and abbess Elizabeth Throckmorton; 6. Women owners or religious incunabula: the physical evidence; Epilogue; Appendices; Notes; Select bibliography; Indexes.

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"Women, Reading, and Piety in Late Medieval England will be of as much interest to religious historians as it is to historians of the book. It is a thoughtful and reflective contribution to the history of female reading...." The Library