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Women and Power in the Middle Ages Paperback – Illustrated, Aug. 17 2004

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According to evidence presented in the articles, medieval women were empowered by a wide variety of means—family connections, networks of patronage and friendship, widowhood, noble birth, gift-giving—but were never granted authority, that is, power that was publicly legitimated. The authors use an excellent range of sources, such as letters, wills, seals, court records, hagiography, literature by both women and men, and guild records. Many of the essays complement each other nicely by allowing the reader to compare the experiences of rural and urban women, or of peasants and nobles. Most also explore questions that use gender as a category of analysis, comparing female and male networks of influence, methods of telling stories, or concepts of the family. The authors are all well-known authorities in their fields, presenting their most current research.

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MARY ERLER is a professor of English at Fordham University. Her books include<i>Records of Early English Drama: Ecclesiastical London</i> and <i>Women, Reading, and Piety in Late Medieval England</i>.

MARYANNE KOWALESKI, who also teaches at Fordham, is the Joseph Fitzpatrick S.J. Distinguished Professor and Director of Medieval Studies. Her books include <i>Local Markets and Regional Trade in Medieval Exeter</i> and <i>Medieval Towns: A Reader</i>.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ University of Georgia Press; Illustrated edition (Aug. 17 2004)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 288 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0820323810
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0820323817
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 426 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.24 x 1.68 x 22.86 cm
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