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Medieval Single Women: The Politics of Social Classification in Late Medieval England

Cordelia Beattie

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199283415
eISBN:
9780191712616
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199283415.001.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History

This book is a focused study of the use of the category ‘single woman’ in late medieval England. In a culture in which marriage was the desirable norm and virginity was particularly prized in ... More


Introduction

P. J. P. Goldberg

in Women, Work, and Life Cycle in a Medieval Economy: Women in York and Yorkshire c.1300-1520

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198201540
eISBN:
9780191674938
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201540.003.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History, Economic History

The question which inspired this book was the extent to which marriage was an economic necessity for medieval woman. The period is almost devoid of letters written by women and autobiographical ... More


The Stable Sex

Alcuin Blamires

in The Case for Women in Medieval Culture

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198186304
eISBN:
9780191674501
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186304.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Women's reputation for ‘weakness’ and ‘instability’ was among the most serious of the impediments to profeminine thinking, and of course it was a negative construction built on exactly the same ... More


Introduction

Alcuin Blamires

in The Case for Women in Medieval Culture

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198186304
eISBN:
9780191674501
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186304.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This introductory chapter sets out the purpose of the book, which is to make a mild ‘case’ for women in medieval culture. It argues that the case for women has been slow to achieve recognition ... More


The Formal Case: The Corpus

Alcuin Blamires

in The Case for Women in Medieval Culture

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198186304
eISBN:
9780191674501
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186304.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

The medieval defence of women is liable to strike readers new to it as a glorious cocktail: common-sense observations about respect for mothers mixed up with bits of biblical discussion, encomia on ... More


Profeminine Role-Models

Alcuin Blamires

in The Case for Women in Medieval Culture

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198186304
eISBN:
9780191674501
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186304.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

The medieval case for women invoked a big cast of foremothers. There was a core of Old Testament favourites (especially Deborah, Judith, Esther). In the New Testament, besides the unimpeachable ... More


Introduction

Cordelia Beattie

in Medieval Single Women: The Politics of Social Classification in Late Medieval England

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199283415
eISBN:
9780191712616
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199283415.003.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History

This introductory chapter discusses the types of classification considered in the book (interpretative schemes, which divide society into various subgroups, and the labelling of named individuals), ... More


Honouring Mothers

Alcuin Blamires

in The Case for Women in Medieval Culture

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198186304
eISBN:
9780191674501
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186304.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Medieval defence of women often begins with (or soon turns to) an archetypal argument about origins: simply an argument that people — including misogynists — are brought into the world by mothers. It ... More


Eve and the Privileges of Women

Alcuin Blamires

in The Case for Women in Medieval Culture

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198186304
eISBN:
9780191674501
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186304.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

On the basis of a selective reading of the Book of Genesis, patriarchy in the medieval West constructed woman to be secondary in creation, and primary in guilt. Nevertheless, this construction was ... More


The Formal Case: Origins, Procedures

Alcuin Blamires

in The Case for Women in Medieval Culture

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198186304
eISBN:
9780191674501
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186304.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter reviews the core texts for the medieval case for women. The single most cogent source and paradigm for the medieval case for women is believed to be located in one of the Old Testament ... More


Conclusion

Alcuin Blamires

in The Case for Women in Medieval Culture

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198186304
eISBN:
9780191674501
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186304.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

The book showed that a vigorous case for women was available by the late Middle Ages. How might we evaluate the strengths of the case, and why did it not have a greater cultural and social impact on ... More


The Formal Case in Abelard, Chaucer, Christine de Pizan

Alcuin Blamires

in The Case for Women in Medieval Culture

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198186304
eISBN:
9780191674501
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186304.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter focuses on Abelard, Chaucer, and Christine de Pizan, each of whom produced a version of the formal case. Abelard did so adventitiously, in that a case for the supreme importance of women ... More


Exemplifying Feminine Stability

Alcuin Blamires

in The Case for Women in Medieval Culture

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198186304
eISBN:
9780191674501
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186304.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Whether because ideology everywhere required that men's anxieties about women's loyalty to them be allayed despite preconceptions about feminine instability, or whether because society's guilt about ... More


Roles for Women in Colonial Fantasies of Fourteenth-Century France: Pierre Dubois and Philippe de Mézières

Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski

in The French of Outremer: Communities and Communications in the Crusading Mediterranean

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780823278169
eISBN:
9780823280582
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823278169.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

A forceful statement of intention with regard to the European past and future of the Levant was in preparation in the kingdom of France in the later middle ages. The Norman lawyer Pierre Dubois and ... More


Introduction

Elisabeth van Houts

in Married Life in the Middle Ages, 900-1300

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780198798897
eISBN:
9780191839542
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198798897.003.0010
Subject:
History, European Medieval History, Social History

The introduction to the book contains a brief survey on the modern scholarship of the institution of medieval marriage and an overview of the modern historiographical debate on medieval marriage ... More


Nun Abutsu and Women’s Writing in Medieval Japan

Christina Laffin

in Rewriting Medieval Japanese Women: Politics, Personality, and Literary Production in the Life of Nun Abutsu

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835651
eISBN:
9780824871215
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835651.003.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter first sets out the book's purpose, which is to trace the life and works of an extraordinary thirteenth-century woman who is known today as Nun Abutsu. By mapping the career of Abutsu and ... More


Margery Kempe and the Lonely Reader

Rebecca Krug

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781501705335
eISBN:
9781501708169
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501705335.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Since its rediscovery in 1934, the fifteenth-century Book of Margery Kempe has become a canonical text for students of medieval Christian mysticism and spirituality. Its author was a ... More


Rewriting Medieval Japanese Women: Politics, Personality, and Literary Production in the Life of Nun Abutsu

Christina Laffin

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835651
eISBN:
9780824871215
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835651.001.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History

This book explores the world of thirteenth-century Japan through the life of a prolific noblewoman known as Nun Abutsu (1225–1283). Abutsu crossed gender and genre barriers by writing the first ... More


Introduction

Rebecca Krug

in Margery Kempe and the Lonely Reader

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781501705335
eISBN:
9781501708169
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501705335.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This introductory chapter details the background and context of Margery Kempe's spirituality and examines the extraordinary nature of Kempe's engagement with the written word. It emphasizes the ... More


A Woman’s Guide to Career Success: Nun Abutsu and Court Life in The Nursemaid’s Letter

Christina Laffin

in Rewriting Medieval Japanese Women: Politics, Personality, and Literary Production in the Life of Nun Abutsu

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835651
eISBN:
9780824871215
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835651.003.0002
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter considers Nun Abutsu's early life and what her upbringing and career at court tell us about the lives of women who served as attendants. It focuses on The Nursemaid's Letter, a lengthy ... More


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