Women, Reading, and Piety in Late Medieval England

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Mai 2002



Narratives of medieval women offer new insights into networks of female book ownership and exchange.


Acknowledgments; Prologue; Introduction: Dinah's story; 1. Ownership and transmission of books: women's religious communities; 2. The library of a London vowess: Margery de Nerford; 3. A Norwich widow and her devout society: Margaret Purdans; 4. Orthodoxy: the Fettyplace sisters at Syon; 5. Heterodoxy: anchoress Katherine Manne and abbess Elizabeth Throckmorton; 6. Women owners or religious incunabula: the physical evidence; Epilogue; Appendices; Notes; Select bibliography; Indexes.


Mary Erler is Professor of English at Fordham University. She has edited the work of the Tudor poet Robert Copland (1993) and has co-edited Women and Power in the Middle Ages (1988). She has written on devotional literature in L. Hellinga and J. B. Trapp (eds.), Cambridge History of the Book, Vol. 3, 1400-1557 (1999). Her essays have appeared in Renaissance Quarterly, Viator, The Library, Modern Philology, Medieval Studies, Medium Aewm, and other journals.


'Mary Erler's discussion offers both new information and new ways of thinking about it.' The Ricardian '... excellent and ground-breaking case studies offered in each chapter ... the evidence that this book yields is going to be essential to a better understanding of reading practices in the late-medieval period ... The author should be praised for delivering such a wealth of information ...'. Medium Aevum '... elegant and useful ... Women, Reading, and Piety in Late Medieval England was a pleasure to read and ought to be on every medieval English scholar's bookshelf.' Canadian Journal of History 'Women, Reading, and Piety is an interesting and compelling study ... Erler has succeeded with this work, and provided her readers with a considered, highly detailed, frequently provocative, and undeniably important contribution to women's literary and social history.' Jacqueline Jenkins, University of Calgary '... not only sets forth a compelling argument about the place of reading in medieval women's lives, but also opens up promising venues for future research ... a pleasure to read ... Erler's book provides persuasive answers to many questions surrounding women's reading practices.' Moira Fitzgibbons, Marist College '... rich and well-documented ...'. Sharp News '... Erler's approach has much to offer the researcher interested in religion, spirituality, and indeed 'piety in late medieval England ... Women, Reading, and Piety in Late Medieval England will be of as much interest to religious historians as it is to historians of the book. It is a thoughtful and reflective contribution to the history of female reading ...'. The Library 'Mary Erler's Women, Reading, and Piety in Late Medieval England offers a truly groundbreaking contribution to medieval studies.' Studies in the Age of Chaucer 'This is an admirable book. It is well researched, well written, and well presented, and it represents a real advance in the ongoing re-evaluation of women's reading and literacy in late medieval England. ... a fine piece of solid scholarship. It suggests a number of important avenues for further research, and it is a major contribution to the ongoing reassessment of the literary and intellectual culture of medieval religious women.' Journal of English and Germanic Philosophy 'Women, Reading, and Piety in Late Medieval England illuminates a critical period in the development of a femaile reading public, and its appendices will doubtless facilitate further research in the field. This monograph should be widely read and admired by those interested in medieval book ownership and circulation, literacy, women's experience, and devotional culture.' Speculum
EAN: 9780521812214
ISBN: 0521812216
Untertitel: 'Cambridge Studies in Medieval'. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Mai 2002
Seitenanzahl: 244 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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