Published in 1994: The period surveyed in this anthology extends from the eve of Christianity's triumph, in the third century, to the new age of expansion in the fifteenth century, an age marked by the advent of printing pressed, the European discovery of the Caribbean islands, which Columbus called the Indies, the relentless stripping of medieval altars by Church reformists, and perhaps a diminution of female autonomy.
Table of Contents
1. Prisoner, Dreamer, Martyr 2. A Pilgrim to the Holy Land 3. Calumniated Empress and Poet 4. An Ill-Fated Gothic Queen 5. Three Consecrated Women of Merovingian Gaul 6. "Words Flowing Like Gold Fringes" 7. Barbarian Women, Holy Women 8. Mother to a Young Warrior 9. Hagiographer, Playwright, Epic Historian 10. A Byzantine Historian of the First Crusade 11. The Trobairitz in Love and Strife 12. "Marie Is My Name: I Am of France" 13. Good Queen Maud 14. A Benedictine Visionary in the Rhineland 15. Handmaid of God 16. Brides of the Celestial Bedchamber 17. A Woman of Letters at the French Court 18. An Anchoress of England 19. Four English Women of the Fifteenth Century