Addressing Women in Early Medieval Religious Texts
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18th June 2021

174 Pages

21.6 x 13.8 cm

Series: Gender in the Middle Ages

Imprint: D.S.Brewer

Addressing Women in Early Medieval Religious Texts

by Kathryn Maude

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An investigation into texts specifically addressed to women sheds new light on female literary cultures.
From the tenth to the twelfth centuries in England and Scotland we have scant evidence of women's writing. How, then, can we access these women's experiences?
This book argues that by analysing texts deliberately written forand addressed directly to women we gain an insight into the horizons of possibility for their lives. It examines religious texts addressed to women, bringing together works that are more widely studied with others that are less well known, and demonstrates continuities across Old English and Latin texts written for female readers and patrons across the Conquest period. Case studies, ranging from Ælfric's sermons to Aelred's De institutione inclusarum, from the Life of Christina of Markyate to Goscelin's saints' lives for Wilton and Barking Abbeys, attend to the intimate scripts women were encouraged to inhabit through a close focus on the form of the textual address.By concentrating on address, the book illuminates how women were encouraged to live, and by following women's commissioning and copying of texts, it demonstrates which of these textual addresses women valued and attempted to follow.

KATHRYN MAUDE is Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies at the American University of Beirut.
Introduction. Behealde ge wif: Addressing Women in Early Medieval England and Scotland
Chapter 1. Addressing Laywomen in Old English Sermons
Chapter 2. Addressing the Recluse in Aelred's De institutione inclusarum and Goscelin's Liber confortatorius
Chapter 3. Addressing Holy Women in the Life of Christina of Markyate and the Life of Margaret of Scotland
Chapter 4. Addressing Nuns in Goscelin's Hagiography for Wilton and Barking Abbeys
Conclusion
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Title Details

18th June 2021

174 Pages

2.16 x 1.38 cm

Series: Gender in the Middle Ages

Imprint: D.S.Brewer