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Introduction: Medieval Meanings of Women

Kim M. Phillips

Kim M. Phillips is Senior Lecturer in History, University of Auckland, New Zealand, and author of Medieval Maidens: Young Women and Gender in England, 1275-1540 and co-author of Sex Before Sexuality: A Premodern History. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Cultural History of Women in the Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Book chapter

...Who are women? Who are they? Are they serpents, wolves, lions, dragons, vipers, or rapacious, devouring beasts and enemies of humanity? Then read this Art [of Love]: learn how to invent ruses! Take them forcefully! Deceive them! Insult...

Conclusion

Sheryl McDonald Werronen

Sheryl McDonald Werronen is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellow at the Arnamagnæan Institute in Copenhagen, where she is carrying out research on seventeeth-century Icelandic manuscripts, scribes, and patronage. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Popular Romance in Iceland : The Women, Worldviews, and Manuscript Witnesses of Nítíða saga

Arc Humanities Press, 2016

Book chapter

...This book has considered the late medieval Icelandic romance Nítíða saga from a variety of perspectives. My overall aim has been to demonstrate how this text explores and challenges some of the norms of the Icelandic romance genre in which...

Queenship

Elena Woodacre

Elena Woodacre is Senior Lecturer in Early Modern European History at the University of Winchester, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of the Global Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019

Encyclopedia entry

...Theme Description The study of queenship brings together the biographical study of the lives of royal women with an analysis of their agency and activity. This is a simplification and covers many elements but at its core...

Religion and Ritualized Belief, 800–1500

A Cultural History of Hair in the Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Book chapter

...The Bible, wellspring of meanings for medieval thinkers of every stripe, provides multiple and conflicting messages about hair. Furthermore, each generation of interpreters focused on different aspects of scriptural trichology, often...

Cultural Representations: Head and Body Hair in Medieval Art

A Cultural History of Hair in the Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Book chapter

...Hair’s malleability makes it a perfect medium for establishing identity, whether of one’s ethnic or racial origin, gender, class status, or religious persuasion. But even more manipulable are visual representations of hair. We will never...

Betrothal, Desire, and Emotional Attachment

Emma Southon

Emma Southon lives in Belfast and is a freelance writer and editor. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Marriage, Sex and Death : The Family and the Fall of the Roman West

Amsterdam University Press, 2017

Book chapter

...In poems and epithalamia (‘wedding songs’) betrothal is also presented as being something contracted by the family, with the single exception of Sigibert and Brunhild’s marriage in Venantius Fortunatus’s epithalamium.Ven Fort. Carm 6.5...

Family and Domesticity

A Cultural History of Food in the Medieval Age

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...The House Within A House To cook together is to be a family. In the medieval village of Montaillou, in the Pyrenees, the kitchen was called a house (chas); that is,...

Public and Private: Women in the Home, Women in the Streets

Kim M. Phillips

Kim M. Phillips is Senior Lecturer in History, University of Auckland, New Zealand, and author of Medieval Maidens: Young Women and Gender in England, 1275-1540 and co-author of Sex Before Sexuality: A Premodern History. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Cultural History of Women in the Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Book chapter

...It is anachronistic to draw straightforward associations between woman and home for the medieval era. The domestic house was a gender neutral or even symbolically masculine space in which women played vital roles as wives, mothers...

Bodies and Sexuality

A Cultural History of Women in the Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Book chapter

...In the Old French fabliau Du con qui fu fez a la besche (The Cunt That Was Made with a Shovel), the author ends his description of the devil’s creation of female genitalia with a curiously paradoxical statement. Although woman’s sexuality...

Dante and Forese Donati

Barbara Reynolds

Barbara Reynolds is one of the world's best known Dante scholars. She completed the Penguin translation of Paradiso after the death of Dorothy L Sayers. She also translated Dante's early work La Vita Nuova and Ariosto's Orlando Furioso. In addition, she has written a biography of Dorothy L Sayers and edited The Cambridge Itallan Dictionary. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Dante : The Poet, the Thinker, the Man

I.B.Tauris, 2006

Book chapter

...The pleasant converse (le dolci ragioni) of the two ancient poets (to which we are not admitted) is interrupted when they are obstructed by a tree bearing sweet-smelling fruit. Nearby, a clear stream flows from a high rock, watering...