The Fourth Estate
A History of Women in the Middle Ages, 2nd Edition
Routledge – 2003 – 382 pages
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.
`Wide ranging and scholarly.' – Times Higher Education Supplement