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Women and Gender in the Middle Ages

Bronach Kane

Bronach Kane is Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at Cardiff University. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Lesson plan

...Introduction Gender was a primary marker of identity in medieval culture and its everyday experience depended on regional, class, and faith differences. Women were regarded as subordinate to menfolk in many settings in this period and were...

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 is the exercise...

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...

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...

Other mothers, other sons

Alyssa Gabbay

Alyssa Gabbay is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She received her PhD (for which she won the Foundation for Iranian Studies award for best dissertation) in 2007 from the University of Chicago. She is the author of many peer-reviewed articles and chapters and Islamic Tolerance, published by Routledge in 2010. She will shortly be publishing The New Moon of Perfection and Other Prefaces. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Gender and Succession in Medieval and Early Modern Islam : Bilateral Descent and the Legacy of Fatima

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

Book chapter

...‘A better claim to the throne’ When court historian Iskandar Beg Munshī took up the task of writing the chronicles of his patron, the great Safavid king, ‘Abbās I (r. 1588‒1629), his goal was to depict that ruler’s reign with as much...

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,...

Gender and Sexuality

A Cultural History of Tragedy In The Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

Book chapter

...Long after classical tragedies had ceased to be performed in Western Europe, the notion of tragedy survived in the memory of late antique and medieval clerics. In the seventh century, the encyclopedist Isidore of Seville wrote, “Comedians...