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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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”.
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.
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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