Byzantine Women: Varieties of Experience 800-1200

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Lynda Garland
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2006 - History - 226 pages
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This volume brings together a group of international scholars, who explore many unusual aspects of the world of Byzantine women in the period 800-1200. The specific aim of this collection is to investigate the participation of women - non-imperial women in particular - in supposedly 'masculine' fields of operation. This new research across a range of disciplines attempts to provide an analysis of the activities of and attitudes towards Byzantine women in this period. Using evidence from sources as diverse as tax registers, monastic foundation documents, twelfth-century novels, historical texts, art historical evidence and the writings of women themselves, such as the hymnographer Kassia and the historian Anna Komnene, these papers elucidate the context in which Byzantine women lived. They emphasize the variety of female experiences, the circumstances that shaped women's lives, and the ways in which individual women were perceived by their society.
 

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Contents

Changing Functions of Monasteries for Women
1
an Appreciation
17
the Parameters
41
Representations of Women
77
Woman and Empress Between Two Worlds
91
Middle Byzantine Family Values and Anna Komnenes Alexiad
125
Women and the Carnivalesque
163
Imperial Women and Entertainment at the Middle Byzantine Court
177
Bibliography
193
Index
215
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Lynda Garland is an Associate Professor in the School of Classics, History and Religion at The University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales, Australia.

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