Women's writing in any period remains of critical concern, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Alexandra Barratt's edition offers a wide range of texts from the period 1300-1500, including:
Each poem is given a headnote, giving details of composition, manuscript and sources. Full on-page annotation is provided giving details of allusions to contemporary religious, historical and social issues. A general introduction gives context to all the pieces and provides a penetrating account of the role of women in a burgeoning society of literary and cultural transmission.
Acknowledgements List of abbreviations Editorial procedure Introduction The Texts (extracts) 1. Middle English Trotula texts 2. Marie de France: Lay le Freine 3. Mechtild of Hackeborn and Gertrude the Great : The Book of Ghostly Grace 4. Marguerite Porete: The Mirror of Simple Souls 5. Elizabeth of Hungary: The Revelations of Saint Elizabeth 6. Bridget of Sweden: The Revelations and The Rule of Our Saviour 7. Catherine of Siena: The Orchard of Syon 8. Julian of Norwich: A Revelation of Love 9. Christine de Pisan: The Epistle of Othea and The Body of Policy 10. A Revelation of Purgatory: A Revelation Showed to a Holy Woman 11. Fifteen Prayers Revealed to a Recluse: The Fifteen Oes 12. Margery Kempe: The Book of Margery Kempe 13. A Collection of Prayers: The Faits and the Passion of Our Lord Jesu Christ 14. Women and the Law 15. Dame Eleanor Hull 16. Juliana Berners: The Book of Hunting 17. The Cellaress of Barking Abbey 18. Some Paston Letters 19. Fifteenth- and early sixteenth-century poems 20. Lady Margaret Beaufort: The Imitation of Christ and The Mirror of Gold to the Sinful Soul 21. Fifteenth- and early sixteenth-century prayers Bibliography Index