Women Readers in the Middle Ages
By (author) D. H. Green
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Women Readers in the Middle Ages by D. H. Green
Book DescriptionThroughout the Middle Ages, the number of female readers was far greater than is commonly assumed. D. H. Green shows that, after clerics and monks, religious women were the main bearers of written culture and its expansion. Moreover, laywomen played a vital part in the process whereby the expansion of literacy brought reading from religious institutions into homes, and increasingly from Latin into vernacular languages. This study assesses the various ways in which reading was practised between c.700 and 1500 and how these differed from what we mean by reading today. Focusing on Germany, France and England, it considers the different categories of women for whom reading is attested (laywomen, nuns, recluses, semi-religious women, heretics), as well as women's general engagement with literature as scribes, dedicatees, sponsors and authors. This fascinating study opens up the world of the medieval woman reader to new generations of scholars and students.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521879422
(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 22-Nov-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Women Readers in the Middle Ages, Paperback (March 2011)
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Author Biography - D. H. Green
D. H. Green is Professor Emeritus in the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Trinity College.
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