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Women in the days of cathedrals

Author: Régine Pernoud; Anne Côté-Harriss
Publisher: San Francisco : Ignatius Press, ©1998.
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This book addresses many questions about the status of women in the Middle Ages and presents surprising answers. Readers learn that the most ancient treatise on education in France was written by a woman; and medicine was practiced regularly by women in the thirteenth century; that in the twelfth century the Order of Fontevraud gathered both monks and religious sisters under the authority of an abbess. This is a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Pernoud, Régine, 1909-1998.
Women in the days of cathedrals.
San Francisco : Ignatius Press, ©1998
(OCoLC)654132864
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Régine Pernoud; Anne Côté-Harriss
ISBN: 0898706424 9780898706420
OCLC Number: 39097400
Description: 266 pages : illustrations, genealogical tables ; 23 cm
Contents: Part one : Before the days of cathedrals ; Clotilda --
A new type of woman : the nun --
Women and education --
Part two : the feudal age ; "Cultural climate" --
Homemakers --
Femininity --
"Love, the invention of the twelfth century" --
Fontevrault --
Women and social life : marriage --
Women and economic activity : country women and townswomen --
Women and political power --
Part three : After the days of cathedrals ; From the love court to the university --
Two girls like any others : Catherine and Joan --
Conclusion : from medieval women to women of our own day.
Other Titles: Femme au temps des cathédrales.
Women in the days of the cathedrals
Responsibility: Régine Pernoud ; translated and adapted by Anne Côté-Harriss.

Abstract:

This book addresses many questions about the status of women in the Middle Ages and presents surprising answers. Readers learn that the most ancient treatise on education in France was written by a woman; and medicine was practiced regularly by women in the thirteenth century; that in the twelfth century the Order of Fontevraud gathered both monks and religious sisters under the authority of an abbess. This is a systematic study that provides a multitude of concrete examples. No aspect of feminine activity in the medieval period is neglected: administration of property, professions and commerce, intellectual life, politics, writers, educators, sovereigns, and those who enlivened the royal courts. Moreover, the author draws from the history of law and the history of events and social customs to sketch an outline of the evolution of the societal influence of women, from the freedoms and autonomy they acquired, to the decline of their public influence. This study sheds much light on the feudal and medieval periods which have so often, and mistakenly, been called a ‘dark’ age for women.
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