Women and Gender in Medieval Europe: An Encyclopedia

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Taylor & Francis, 2006 - History - 944 pages
From women's medicine and the writings of Christine de Pizan to the lives of market and tradeswomen and the idealization of virginity, gender and social status dictated all aspects of women's lives during the middle ages.

A cross-disciplinary resource, Women and Gender in Medieval Europe examines the daily reality of medieval women from all walks of life in Europe between 450 CE and 1500 CE, i.e., from the fall of the Roman Empire to the discovery of the Americas. Moving beyond biographies of famous noble women of the middles ages, the scope of this important reference work is vast and provides a comprehensive understanding of medieval women's lives and experiences. Masculinity in the middle ages is also addressed to provide important context for understanding women's roles. Entries that range from 250 words to 4,500 words in length thoroughly explore topics in the following areas:

Art and Architecture
Countries, Realms, and Regions
Daily Life
Documentary Sources
Education and Learning
Gender and Sexuality
Medicine and Science
Music and Dance
Political Figures
Religion and Theology
Religious Figures
Social Organization and Status

Written by renowned international scholars, Women and Gender in Medieval Europe is the latest in the Routledge Encyclopedias of the Middle Ages. Easily accessible in an A-to-Z format, students, researchers, and scholars will find this outstanding reference work to be an invaluable resource on women in Medieval Europe.

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As editor of the onlineFeminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index , Schaus (Haverford Coll. Lib.) is familiar with current research in the fields of medieval women and medieval gender history. In this ... Read full review

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