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Gendering the Middle Ages: A Gender and History Special Issue

ISBN: 978-0-631-22651-2
252 pages
January 2002, Wiley-Blackwell
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A collection in which a group of leading historians of medieval Europe apply a gendered analysis to a series of questions ranging from the transformation of the Roman world and the Christian challenge to late antique masculinity, through canon law and Byzantine coinage to the childhood of medieval visionaries.
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Table of Contents

1. The Gender of Grace: Impotence, Servitude, and Manliness in the Fifth-Century West: Kate Cooper and Conrad Leyser (University of Manchester).

2. Did women have a transformation of the Roman world?: Julia M. H. Smith (University of St Andrews).

3. The Gender of Money: Byzantine Empresses on Coins (324-802): Leslie Brubaker and Helen Tobler (University of Birmingham and independent researcher).

4. "Ex utroque sexu fidelium tres ordines" - The Status of Women in Early Medieval Canon Law: Eva M. Synek (University of Vienna).

5. "Halt! Be men!" Sikelgaita of Salerno, Gender and the Norman Conquest of Southern Italy: Patricia Skinner (University of Southampton).

6. The Metamorphosis of Woman: Transmission of Knowledge and the Problems of Gender: Anneke B. Mulder-Bakker (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen).

7. Visions of My Youth: Representations of the Childhood of Medieval Visionaries: Rosalynn Voaden and Stephanie Volf (Arizona State University).

8. Female Petitioners in the Papal Penitentiary: Ludwig Schmugge (University of Zurich).

9. Gendering Princely Dynasties. Some Notes on Family Structure, Social Networks, and Communication at the Courts of the Margraves of Brandenburg-Ansbach around 1500: Cordula Nolte (Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University of Greifswald).

Thematic Reviews Gender, Memory and Social Power: Janet L. Nelson (King's College London).

Gender and Sanctity in the Middle Ages: Katherine J. Lewis (University of Huddersfield).

Gendering the Black Death: Women in Later Medieval England: S. H. Rigby (University of Manchester).

Nunneries, Communities and the Revaluation of Domesticity: Felicity Riddy (University of York).

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Author Information

Pauline Stafford is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Liverpool and the author of Queen Emma and Queen Edith: queenship and women's power in eleventh-century England (Blackwell, 1997) and Queens, concubines, and dowagers: the king's wife in the early Middle Ages (2nd edn., 1998).

Anneke B. Mulder-Bakker is senior lecturer in Medieval History and Medieval Studies at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (Netherlands). She has published on historiographical and hagiographical topics, including Sanctity and Motherhood (1995) and is presently working on a book on female anchorites (recluses) in the Low Countries.

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The Wiley Advantage

  • wide-ranging coverage, both geographical and chronological.

  • It revisits areas of long-standing interest to students of medieval women, e.g. medieval visionaries, and opens up new areas, such as canon law and the transformation of the Roman world, to a gendered analysis.

  • opens up new areas such as cannon law and the transformation of the Roman world, to a gendered analysis.

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