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2nd Edition

Women's Lives in Medieval Europe
A Sourcebook

Edited By

Emilie Amt





ISBN 9780415466837
Published January 20, 2010 by Routledge
296 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations

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Praise for the first edition:

'It is difficult to imagine another book in which one could find all this diverse material, and no doubt Amt's collection, in its richness, and in its genuine clarity and simplicity will takes prominent place in our expanded, diversified medieval curriculum, a curriculum that takes class, gender, and ethnicity as central to an understanding of world cultural history.' - The Medieval Review

Long considered to be a definitive and truly groundbreaking collection of sources, Women’s Lives in Medieval Europe uniquely presents the everyday lives and experiences of women in the Middle Ages. This indispensible text has now been thoroughly updated and expanded to reflect new research, and includes previously unavailable source material.

This new edition includes expanded sections on marriage and sexuality, and on peasant women and townswomen, as well as a new section on women and the law. There are brief introductions both to the period and to the individual documents, study questions to accompany each reading, a glossary of terms and a fully updated bibliography. Working within a multi-cultural framework, the book focuses not just on the Christian majority, but also present material about women in minority groups in Europe, such as Jews, Muslims, and those considered to be heretics. Incorporating both the laws, regulations and religious texts that shaped the way women lived their lives, and personal narratives by and about medieval women, the book is unique in examining women’s lives through the lens of daily activities, and in doing so as far as possible through the voices of women themselves.

Table of Contents

Preface.  Introduction  A Note on Money.  Part 1: The Heritage of Ideas: Christian Belief, Roman Ideals and Germanic Custom  Part 2: Women and the Law  Part 3. Marriage, Sex, Childbirth, and Health  Part 4: Noblewomen’s Lives  Part 5: Peasant Women’s Lives  Part 6: Townswomen’s Lives  Part 7: Religious Lives  Part 8: Jewish, Muslim and Heretic Women.  Glossary.  Further Reading

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Biography

Emilie Amt is the Hildegarde Pilgram Professor of History at Hood College in Maryland, where she studies medieval religious women and twelfth- and thirteenth-century English government. Her books include Medieval England 1000- 1500: A Reader (2000), and The Accession of Henry II in England: Royal Government Restored, 1149-1159 (1993).