2nd Edition

Women's Writing in Middle English
An Annotated Anthology

ISBN 9781408204146
Published January 29, 2010 by Routledge
372 Pages

USD $56.95

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Book Description

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:

  • Original texts written by women in the Middle Ages
  • Texts translated by women in the Middle Ages
  • Prayers, meditations, scriptural comment, and accounts of religious experiences
  • Educational writings
  • Romance, poetry

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.

Table of Contents

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

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