Medieval Women: A Social History of Women in England, 450-1500

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St. Martin's Press, 1998 - History - 337 pages
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Medieval Women looks at a thousand years of English history, as it affected - and was made by - women. The book opens with the coming of the Anglo-Saxons to England in the fifth century and looks at the variety of sources that can throw light on the lives and contributions to their society of women in the Dark Ages. It moves into the Anglo-Norman period with an examination of what 1066 may have meant for women. The focus then moves to problems and attitudes fundamental to 'everywoman': medieval attitudes to sex, marriage and motherhood; and the world of work and the experience of widowhood for peasant, townswoman and aristocrat. The book closes with an exploration of the intellectual and spiritual worlds of medieval women. Each chapter is accompanied by substantial extracts from primary sources, which vividly illustrate medieval thought and assumptions.

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Review: Medieval Women: A Social History of Women in England 450-1500 (Medieval Women Boxset)

User Review  - Joan - Goodreads

A good, if somewhat dry, read. I liked that she went beyond the aristocracy and dealt with women from various classes. The notes and sources are especially good-perhaps the best part of the book. Read full review

Review: Medieval Women: A Social History of Women in England 450-1500 (Medieval Women Boxset)

User Review  - Jada Roche - Goodreads

ha! I finally finished it! It's a great little read just extremely dense and not well suited to right before I go to sleep reading. Lots of things to ponder...I loved how it turned the idea of women ... Read full review

About the author (1998)

Leyser is a lecturer in medieval history at St. Peter's College and St. Edmund Hall, Oxford University, UK

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