Writing Medieval Women's Lives

Hardcover | August 7, 2012

EditorCharlotte Newman Goldy, Amy Livingstone

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Medieval women's history is entering a new stage. In the last thirty years medievalists have recovered the sources about women, and have moved women to the foreground of narratives to view society from their vantage point. The historians in this collection are looking for ways to expand the ways we examine and write about medieval women. They are interested in the great and the obscure, and women from different times and places. All attempt to get closer to the life as lived, personified in individual stories. As such, these essays prompt us to rethink what we can know about medieval women, how we can know it, and how we can write about them to expand our insights.

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Medieval women's history is entering a new stage. In the last thirty years medievalists have recovered the sources about women, and have moved women to the foreground of narratives to view society from their vantage point. The historians in this collection are looking for ways to expand the ways we examine and write about medieval wome...

Charlotte Newman Goldyis an associate professor of History at Miami University. Amy Livingstone is an associate professor of History at Wittenberg University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:310 pages, 8.84 × 5.74 × 0.86 inPublished:August 7, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230114555

ISBN - 13:9780230114555

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Introduction - Charlotte Newman Goldy and Amy Livingstone* The Foundation Legend of Godstow Abbey: A Holy Woman's Life in Anglo-Norman Verse - Emilie Amt * Remembering Countess Delphine's Books: Reading as a Means to Shape a Holy Woman's Sanctity - Nicole Archambeau * The Letters of Princess Sophia of Hungary, a Nun at Admont - Jonathan R. Lyon * The Missing Rusian Women: The Case of Evpraksia Vsevolodovna - Christian Raffensperger * Leaving Warboys: Emigration from a Fifteenth-Century English Village - Anne R. DeWindt Women as Legal Agents in Late Medieval Genoa - Jamie Smith * Piecing Together the Fragments: Telling the Lives of the Ladies of Lavardin through Image and Text - Amy Livingstone * Girlindis and Alpais: Telling the Lives of Two Textile Fabricators in the Carolingian Empire - Valerie L. Garver * A Peasant Family in Roussillon: Understanding the Experiences of Women in the Blanquet Parchments, 1292-1345 - Rebecca Lynn Winer * Joan de Valence: A Lady of Substance - Linda E. Mitchell * Royal Women in Late Medieval Spain: Catalina of Lancaster, Leonor of Albuquerque, and María of Castile - Theresa Earenfight * Muriel, a Jew of Oxford: Using the Dramatic to Understand the Mundane in Anglo-Norman Towns - Charlotte Newman Goldy * Well-Behaved Women Can Make History: Women's Friendships in Late Medieval Westminster - Katherine L. French

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"This collection of thirteen essays by North American scholars provides a series of micro-biographies of individual medieval women's 'lived experience,' ones that aim to recover some of the nuance and emotion of women's relationships and their political connections. In their introduction, editors Charlotte Newman Goldy and Amy Livingstone offer a cogent overview of the historiography about medieval women, detailing how these essays both draw on established historiographical approaches and chart new avenues for writing the stories of women about whom only fragmentary records survive. Divided into two sections, Rereading Sources and Seeking the Undocumented, this collection features work by well-established second- or beginning-stage third-generation scholars of women's history." - The Medieval Review