Women in the Middle Ages: The Lives of Real Women in a Vibrant Age of Transition

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Harper Collins, Nov 30, 2010 - Social Science - 304 pages
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Reissued for the first time in decades, this ambitious work of Medieval scholarship by bestselling historians Frances and Joseph Gies traces the stories and fates of women in Medieval Europe over the course of a millennium.

Medieval history is often written as a series of battles and territorial shifts. But the essential contributions of women during this period have been too often relegated to the dustbin of history. In Women in the Middle Ages, Frances and Joseph Gies reclaim this lost history, in a lively historical survey that charts the evolution of women’s roles throughout the period, and profiles eight individual women in depth. We learn of Hildegarde of Bingen, an abbess who was a noted composer and founded two monasteries; of Eleanor de Montfort, a 13th century Princess of Wales who was captured by Edward I and held as a political prisoner for three years; and women of somewhat more modest means, such as the spouse of an Italian merchant, and a peasant’s wife.

Drawing upon their various stories, talented historians Frances and Joseph Gies—whose books were used by George R.R. Martin in his research for Game of Thrones—offer a kaleidoscopic view of the lives of women throughout this tumultuous period.

“A wealth of solid information.” –New York Times

 

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Contents

1Women in History
2Women in the Early Middle Ages
3Women and Feudalism
4Eve and Mary
PART TWOTHE WOMEN
Hildegarde of Bingen
Blanche of Castile
Eleanor de Montfort
A FifteenthCentury Gentlewoman
12The Middle Ages and After
NOTES
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
by Frances and Joseph Gies
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8Piers Plowmans Wife
Agnes Ii Patiniere of Doaui Women and the Guilds
An Italian Merchants Wife
About the Publisher
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Frances (1915–2013) and Joseph (1916–2006) Gies were the world’s bestselling historians of medieval Europe. Together and separately, they wrote more than twenty books, which col-lectively have sold more than a million copies. They lived in Michigan.

Frances (1915–2013) and Joseph (1916–2006) Gies were the world’s bestselling historians of medieval Europe. Together and separately, they wrote more than twenty books, which col-lectively have sold more than a million copies. They lived in Michigan.

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