Larrington, Carolyne, ed., Women and Writing in Medieval Europe: A Sourcebook, London and N e w York, Routledge, 1995; board; pp. xiv, 277; 14 b / w Ulustrations; R.R.P. US$69.95, £45.00. The avaUabiUty of primary texts in English translation which provide insights into the experience of w o m e n in the middle ages has been gradually increasing in the last few years. H o w e v e r the undergraduate student or general reader m a y feel daunted by the thought of approaching entire works; the provision of selections of texts such as those provided in Women and Writing in Medieval Europe: A Sourcebook aUows the reader to sample some of the thoughts, experiences and expectations of and for medieval w o m e n . The texts in this collection are arranged thematicaUy into chapters headed 'Marriage', 'Love, Sex and Friendship', 'Motherhood and Work', W o m e n and Christianity', ' W o m e n and Power', 'Education and Knowledge', and ' W o m e n and the Arts', and within these sections they are arranged chronologicaUy. This thematic arrangement is both useful and constructive, though the selection of documents
Parergon – Australian & New Zealand Association of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Inc. (ANAZAMEMS, Inc.)
Published: Apr 3, 1998
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