Veiled Women: Volume II: Female Religious Communities in England, 871–1066, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Veiled Women

Volume II: Female Religious Communities in England, 871–1066, 1st Edition

By Sarah Foot


288 pages

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pub: 2000-06-21
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There is no published account of the history of religious women in England before the Norman Conquest. Yet, female saints and abbesses, such as Hild of Whitby or Edith of Wilton, are among the most celebrated women recorded in Anglo-Saxon sources and their stories are of popular interest. This book offers the first general and critical assessment of female religious communities in early medieval England. It transforms our understanding of the different modes of religious vocation and institutional provision and thereby gives early medieval women’s history a new foundation.


'An extremely useful job has been done in evaluating a wide range of evidence…' History ’…a scholarly work, based on detailed research…This is an important book.’ English Historical Review, June 2001 'Sarah Foot has made an important contribution to the study of Anglo-Saxon religious women…' Journal of Ecclesiastical History '… thorough, thoughtful, and (…) highly original… specialists will (…) be grateful to Foot for both her meticulous assembly of evidence and her fascinating conclusions and conjectures.' Speculum 'The book's copious footnotes and thirty-two page bibliography offer much to scholar and student… As a work of scholarship (…) Foot's accomplishment is significant… Scholars and students will find much to explore, engage, and evaluate…' ABR

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Female religious communities in England, 871-1066; Bibliography; Index of Anglo-Saxon charters.

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Studies in Early Medieval Britain and Ireland

Studies in Early Medieval Britain and Ireland
Studies in Early Medieval Britain and Ireland illuminates the history of Britain and Ireland from the start of the fifth century to the establishment of French-speaking aristocracies in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, for historians, archaeologists, philologists, literary, visual and cultural scholars. It explores the origins of British society, of communities, and political, administrative and ecclesiastical institutions. It was in the early middle ages that the English, Welsh, Scots and Irish defined and distinguished themselves in language, customs and territory and the successive conquests and settlements lent distinctive Anglo-Saxon, Scandinavian and Norman elements to the British ethnic mix. Royal dynasties were established and the landscape took a form that can still be recognised today; it was then too that Christian churches were established with lasting results for our cultural, moral, legal and intellectual horizons. Studies in Early Medieval Britain and Ireland reveals these roots and makes them accessible to a wide readership of scholars, students and lay people.

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