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Medieval Women in their Communities

The lives of women in religious communities in late medieval Europe are the main focus of this volume which brings together a body of original research by historians and literary scholars and disucsses a variety of such communities in France, Germany and Wales. The perspective is also broadened to include the lives of women in relation to the local community in places as far apart as East Anglia and southern Italy.
The volume is a significant contribution to a fast developing field and should appeal not only to medieval specialists but all those with an interest in women’s history and writing.

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Introduction: Medieval Women in their Communities by Diane Watt

1. The Desire to Corrupt: Convent and Community in Medieval Wales by Jane Cartwright

2. Puellae litteratae: The Use of the Vernacular in the Dominican Convents of Southern Germany by Marie-Luise Ehrenschwendtner

3. All Girls Together: Community, Gender and Vision at Helfta by Rosalynn Voaden

4. ‘Discreet and Devout Maidens’: Women’s Involvement in Beguine Communities in Northern France, 1200-1500 by Penelope Galloway

5. Mysticism and the Anchoritic Community: ‘A Time…of Veiled Infinity’ by Susannah Mary Chewning

6. Communities of Otherness in Chaucer’s Merchant’s Tale by Cynthia Kraman

7. Communities of Dissent: The Secular and Ecclesiastical Communities of Margery Kempe’s Book by Janet Wilson

8. English Noblewomen and the Local Community in the Later Middle Ages by Jennifer C. Ward

9. Gender and Poverty in the Medieval Community by Patricia Skinner

10. Between Doctrine and Domesticity: The Portrayal of Mary in the N-Town Plays by J.A. Tasioulas


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