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Women in the Middle Ages: The Lives of Real Women in a Vibrant Age of Transition by Frances and Joseph Gies.

DESCRIPTION: Hardback with Dust Jacket: 264 pages. Publisher: Thomas Y. Crowell Company. “Women in the Middle Ages” corrects the omissions of traditional history by focusing on the lives, expectations, and accomplishments of medieval women. The Gieses’ lively text, illuminated by illustrations from medieval manuscripts, art, and architecture, depicts the Middle Ages as a vibrant time in which women were powerful agents of change. The first part of the book gives the historical and cultural background for the lives of the women discussed. The authors offer a succinct but penetrating review of the religious, scientific, and philosophical attitude that defined women’s place in the medieval world.

The lives of seven women are portrayed, who represent different classes, countries, and centuries. There’s Hildegarde of Bingen, twelfth-century German Nun and gifted mystic. Blanche of Castile, Queen of France. Eleanor de Monfort, real-life inspiration for a thirteenth century romantic tale. Agnes li Patiniere, a Flemish textile worker. Alice Beynt, an English peasant woman. Margherita Datini, wife of an Italian merchant. Finally there’s Margaret Paston, partner of her husband and sons in the conflicts of pre-Tudor England.

CONDITION: Inside the pages crisp, clean, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, and unambiguously unread. Outside the book is relatively unblemished except mild edge and corner shelfwear to dustjacket and covers; the back of the dustjacket has a few faint wrinkles in it, and one very small closed (bottom) edge tear and accompanying crease; and a thin ballpoint ink line across the underside of the closed page edges indicating that the book was unsold surplus inventory (not visible of course on individual opened pages). The wear quite consistent with new stock from an open-shelf book store (such as Barnes & Noble, etc.), wherein patrons are permitted to browse open stock.

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PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW.

PUBLISHER REVIEW:

REVIEW: Explores the living conditions, expectations, roles, and accomplishments of real women of the high Middle Ages, ranging from peasant to merchant's wife to queen. Frances and Joseph Gies have been writing books about medieval history for thirty years. Together and separately, they are the authors of more than twenty books, including “Life in a Medieval City”, “Life in a Medieval Castle”, “Life in a Medieval Village”, “The Knight in History”, and “Cathedral, Forge, and Waterwheel”.

PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS:

REVIEW: Many a quaint and amusing side, as well as a wealth of solid information [New York Times].

REVIEW: Correcting the omissions of traditional history, this is "a reliable survey of the real and varied roles played by women in the medieval period”. Highly recommended both for undergraduate students, the general public, and Medieval History enthusiasts.

READER REVIEWS:

REVIEW: This book is a welcome addition to the medieval history books written by these authors. It profiles the lives of a number of women of medieval times, from peasant to prominent, and in so doing, gives us a glimpse of what life was like for all women back then. Well written, not at all dry. Strongly recommended for anyone with an interest in medieval history and/or women's history. Also check out, by these same authors, "Life in a Medieval Village" and "Cathedral, Forge, and Waterwheel."

REVIEW: I found this book very useful for a history essay I had to write, there is a lot of information about the role of women, and the attitudes towards them. Its quite interesting reading about the way women were treated. Definitely useful for essays and projects, and also a good read if you're interested in knowing more about the subject!

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Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world - but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology.

I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE."

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