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Medieval Women: A Social History of Women in England 450-1500

✓ Medieval Women: A Social History of Women in England 450-1500 ✓ Henrietta Leyser - Medieval Women: A Social History of Women in England 450-1500, Medieval Women A Social History of Women in England Medieval Women looks at a thousand years of English history as it affected and was made by women Henrietta Leyser considers the problems and attitudes fundamental to every woman of the time medieval

  • Title: Medieval Women: A Social History of Women in England 450-1500
  • Author: Henrietta Leyser
  • ISBN: 9781842126219
  • Page: 434
  • Format: Paperback

✓ Medieval Women: A Social History of Women in England 450-1500 ✓ Henrietta Leyser, Medieval Women: A Social History of Women in England 450-1500, Henrietta Leyser, Medieval Women A Social History of Women in England Medieval Women looks at a thousand years of English history as it affected and was made by women Henrietta Leyser considers the problems and attitudes fundamental to every woman of the time medieval views on sex marriage and motherhood the world of work and the experience of widowhood for peasant townswoman and aristocrat The intelle ✓ Medieval Women: A Social History of Women in England 450-1500 ✓ Henrietta Leyser - Medieval Women: A Social History of Women in England 450-1500, Medieval Women A Social History of Women in England Medieval Women looks at a thousand years of English history as it affected and was made by women Henrietta Leyser considers the problems and attitudes fundamental to every woman of the time medieval

  • ✓ Medieval Women: A Social History of Women in England 450-1500 ✓ Henrietta Leyser
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753 Comments

  1. You ve climbed up through woodland to the summit of a hill From there your companion points out below the flash of sunlight on a distant stream, a stretch of path emerging then disappearing among the trees, a corner of a glade That was my experience of reading this book the closest thing I ve ever come across to a historical If on a Winter s Night a traveller.Each chapter covers different topic view spoiler Archaeology, History Hagiography, Law Codes, Vernacular Literature, 1066 for Women, Sex M [...]


  2. The title s misleading this is a collection of essays on various topics concerning medieval women They are very interesting essays but hardly constitute a cohesive history of medieval women in the traditional sense I recommend this book for scholars or serious amateurs but not for those who want an introductory popular history type of source.



  3. I ve given this book a non committal 2 stars becuase I have only read part of it, but the section I ve just read deserves comment There is a short passage on pages 54 9 of my 1995 edition purporting to summarise the role of Wealhtheow in Beowulf My wife gave me this section because I was reading Beowulf at the time I was shocked to find Leyser s summary bore no relation to the text I had in front of me, and the final statement on page 58 9, Not only does Wealhtheow make her presence felt through [...]


  4. This book is a much needed addition to the growing body of non fiction that seeks to fill the enormous gap in our understanding of women in history Where social history was once ignored in favour of power struggles, geographical conquest, religious upheaval, exploration and wars, the stories of mostly men, Leyser is an historian who turns to the role of women to understand social history and the people who lived it, in order to provide layers and depth to the broader landscape with which we are [...]


  5. ha I finally finished it It s a great little read just extremely dense and not well suited to right before I go to sleep reading Lots of things to ponderI loved how it turned the idea of women as totally passive objects on it s head I d like to read this again when I have headspace and explore the source material as well.is is exactly the kind of stuff I had wanted to be doing in university.


  6. A bit of a slog, with it being essay collection than history The structure suffered somewhat by pinging around subjects and periods of history, rather than following the subject from saxon to tudor times.The earlier essays were quite interesting with regards to legalities and equality and very interesting to see some of the obscurer source material at the end The later part on spirituality did start to bore me with content vs interest level A few useful points foe me to consider with future res [...]


  7. A brilliant and very balanced study of the lives of medieval women This is neither a feminist tirade nor sentimental nostalgia, but a serious and very readable piece of scholarship One of the things that come acrosss very clearly is that far from marginalising women, the Catholic Church of the Middle Ages gave them power and influence few have enjoyed since.


  8. Was a bit hard to get into at first, and found myself angry at the way the women were treated back then, but then it was the Medieval period, if you was a quick and easy read then don t read this but overall an ok book



  9. I must firstly note that I am not a scholar and I didn t study any of this specific period of history at school However, I did study art cultural history with a social slant and an especial interest in women s history and representation If, like me, you re not coming into the field directly, then this book is still accessible Leyser provides a lot of valuable context written in clear and elegant prose Each chapter looks at a different portion of the Medieval period and different aspects of women [...]


  10. A lot of books works based on gender within history seem to be driven by an agenda to prove that women were always the victims of patriarchy Although, patriachal society could enormously supress women and still does to an extent today , I feel that going about womens history this way does it a disservice, and makes victims of women, often casting their other attributes into shadow Luckily, this book is not agenda driven, but seems to be wholly impartial Many women are made examples of, deriving [...]


  11. I found it a little heavy going at times, but I think that is because I have got out of the habit of reading history books It reminded me of my history A level when we were judging the validity of source material maybe that is why I have become a librarian where we do knowledge management which is very similar.Henrietta Leyser considers the problems and attitudes fundamental to every woman of the time medieval views on sex, marriage and motherhood the world of work and the experience of widowhoo [...]


  12. This book reads like a reworked Phd thesis The material is excellent and fascinating but unlike Peter Laslett The World We have Lost the author does not try to move outside a scholarly audience to the general reader Some of it is hard going Leyser summs up the results of contemporary research which is completely inaccessible except to academics and gives the interested reader information which can be relied on instead of vague and unreliable generalisations She is scruplous about the use of evid [...]


  13. A hardgoing but well researched book which in truth is a collection of essays This book focuses on women of all types queens to peasants However sometimes the relevance of men in relation to some parts of the book is sometimes glossed over I was surprised to learn the extent if women s working roles in the medieval period albeit normally in association with a husband or a son.Women were perhaps not always as second class in the past as we may have thought They often had legal rights could intac [...]


  14. I picked this book up on a whim in an English Heritage gift shop As someone who doesn t know a massive amount about the medieval period, it provides an interesting look at the role of women in society and the different roles in life that they could expect to take up I have no complaints about the content of the book overall but I did find it a bit dry and hard to keep engaged The most intersting area for me was actually the primary source extracts included at the end, which are a really interest [...]


  15. Well researched scholarly study of English women during the medieval period focused on the 11th 14th centuries with a good survey of the preceding centuries Leyser includes archaeology, history, hagiography, law and literature and what 1066AD CE meant for women Also included are employment for different classes of women and the impact of sex, marriage and motherhood Extensive annotated primary sources and bibliography add to this book s value.


  16. I bought this book because I m doing some research into the Norman Conquest, and I wanted to find out about it from a woman s perspective Although only one chapter in the book is devoted to this era, it s a good chapter, describing plenty of sources, royal scandals and women s behaviour during the 11th century It s a dry, weighty book, but this is true of almost all scholarly research, but neverthelss I found it invaluable I hope to get around to reading the rest at some point.


  17. This is the second time I have read this book It contains many things of interest, but I am not a historian, although I am reading it for research, and I did struggle with the text at times It is quite dry, but worth reading.


  18. I found this very dry and was not keen on the writing flow, although well researched, the author had so much that she wanted to share with us, I found it perhaps to packed full of information to be easily digestible I love the period and hope some of it has sunk in.



  19. A good, if somewhat dry, read I liked that she went beyond the aristocracy and dealt with women from various classes The notes and sources are especially good perhaps the best part of the book.





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