2. Mary Magdalen.
6. Soredamors and Fenice.
"Elegantly written and elegantly translated, Duby's book distils what can be found about the lives of six elite women from the meagre records of the twelfth century. It leads him to revise his earlier opinions and see the recognition of the spirituality of women in that century as leading Europe to rate the values of love more highly. And all this is done with his customary scholarship and sensitivity." Professor Jack Goody, St John's College, Cambridge
"Georges Duby was a grand master among medieval social historians, and this is true vintage: subtle, perceptive, penetrating, sympathetic, and - helped by Jean Birrell's translation - highly readable. Women's history is of special interest today, and the book will provide for many a refreshing entry to a fascinating world." Professor Christopher Brooke, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
"An illuminating insight into the experience of womanhood in twelfth-century Europe ... There is much in Women of the Twelfth Century to enjoy ... well informed and thought-provoking ... this book has a lot to offer." History Today
"Fascinating insight ... thought-provoking and inspirational." Journal of Gender Studies
"This study is Duby's last work, written just before he died in 1997, and it is his most personal and intimate testimony as a historian; he is in the foreground of his own narrative throughout. On that account it is a direct and touching book. As translated (with outstanding skill) by Jean Birrell, it is also very readable." Times Literary Supplement
"We can savour the untrammelled thoughts of one of the major forces in French medieval history in the last half-century." Journal of Religious History
* This book is the first volume in his major new three volume work on women in the Middle Ages.
* Draws on many years of original research into written evidence from the period, it is a lucid and engaging account of teh everyday lives of six noblewomen in the twelfth century.