WOMEN IN THE MIDDLE AGES

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Ambiguous Realities

Author : Carole Levin
ISBN : 0814318738
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Category: Literary Criticism

Visualizing Women In The Middle Ages

Author : Madeline Harrison Caviness
ISBN : 0812235991
Genre : Art
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During the high Middle Ages in Europe, the act of looking was surrounded by superstition. It was believed to have magic power, it was able to arouse anxiety, and it was the subject of lengthy texts by both men and women. In Visualizing Women in the Middle Ages, Madeline H. Caviness interrogates the 20th-century theories of the gaze and concedes that the "male gaze" -- first articulated by Laura Mulvey and a cornerstone of much feminist criticism -- is useful for understanding a cultural code of patriarchy in the high Middle Ages. However, she argues that one should take into account the many varying visual modes that proliferated in the medieval era. For Caviness, an awareness of historical context places pressure upon contemporary theories like that of the "male gaze", changing their shapes and creating even richer dialogues with the past. In a series of readings, Caviness demonstrates how looking functions within the much broader contexts of language and desire. The Old Testament story of Lot yields the material with which Caviness addresses the Mulveian gaze. In the narrative and in medieval visual representations of the story, she explores the biblical proscription of and anxieties about women looking. She then turns to medieval depictions of the torture of female saints and investigates how such images were not erotic in the Romanesque abstract modes but became disturbingly sexualized and sadistic in the more graphic renditions of the Gothic. Finally, Caviness looks at the distribution of relics of female saints in relation to Lacan's notions of the abject. Here she shows how the female body is de-eroticized and re-encoded as parts become metonymies for the whole and are reveredas holy objects.
Category: Art

The Fourth Estate

Author : Shulamith Shahar
ISBN : 9781134394203
Genre : History
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Did women really constitute a `fourth estate' in medieval society and, if so, in what sense? In this wide-ranging study Shulamith Shahar considers this and the whole question of the varying attitudes to women and their status in western Europe between the twelfth and the fifteenth centuries.
Category: History

Women S Roles In The Middle Ages

Author : Sandy Bardsley
ISBN : 0313336350
Genre : History
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Explores the role of European women in the Middle Ages, discussing specifically the relationship between women and religion, work, family, law, and culture and noting the differences wrought by class, age, marital status, and region and time period.
Category: History

Arab Women In The Middle Ages

Author : Shirley Guthrie
ISBN : 9780863567643
Genre : Social Science
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Regardless of social rank and religion, whether Christian, Jew, or Muslim, Arab women in the middle ages played an important role in the functioning of society. This book is a journey into their daily lives, their private spaces and public roles. First we are introduced into the women's sanctuaries, their homes, and what occurs within its realm - marriage and contraception, childbirth and childcare, culinary traditions, body and beauty rituals - providing rare insight into the rites and rituals prevalent among the different communities of the time. These women were also much present in the public arena and made important contributions in the fields of scholarship and the affairs of state. A number of them were benefactresses, poets, calligraphers, teachers and sales women. Others were singing girls, professional mourners, bath-attendants and prostitutes. How these women managed their daily affairs, both personal and professional, defined their roles in the wider spheres of society. Drawing from the Islamic traditions, as well as legal documents, historical sources and popular chronicles of the time, Guthrie's book offers an informative study of an area which remaisn relatively unexplored. 'A useful survey on Arab (mostly Muslim) women's lives in past centuries.' RJAS 'Of greatest use to educators and lecturers looking for diverse and entertaining details of various aspects of medieval Near Eastern social life.' International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 'Reveals a broad understanding of the subject' MESA Bulletin
Category: Social Science

Middle Aged Women In The Middle Ages

Author : Sue Niebrzydowski
ISBN : 9781843842828
Genre : FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS
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New research into medieval women from the Anglo-Saxon to the late medieval period demonstrates their energy, defiance and wit.
Category: FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS

Encyclopedia Of Women In The Middle Ages

Author : Jennifer Lawler
ISBN : 9781476601113
Genre : History
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Most people have heard of Lady Godiva and her horseback tax protest in the 11th century and Joan of Arc who in the 15th century fought against the English for the French gaining sainthood in 1920. Many know of Eleanor of Aquataine, 12th century Queen of France and England, and powerful manipulator and protector of kings. Some know of Hildegarde and Beatrice and Blanche and Clare. There are many famous women of the Middle Ages whose lives and leadership brought important changes to history. This encyclopedia contains several hundred entries on the culture, history and circumstances of women in the Middle Ages, from the years 500 to 1500 C.E. The geographical scope of this work is wide, with entries on women from England, France, Germany, Japan, and other nations around the world. There are entries on queens, empresses, and other women in positions of leadership as well as entries on topics such as work, marriage and family, households, employment, religion, and various other aspects of women's lives in the Middle Ages. Genealogies of queens and empresses accompany the text in an appendix.
Category: History

Women And Girls In The Middle Ages

Author : Kay Eastwood
ISBN : 0778713466
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Describes the roles and duties of women and girls of all social classes during the Middle Ages, looking at such areas as medieval dress and beauty, women's rights, and women of power in Europe and other lands.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction