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The Lady and the Virgin : Image, Attitude and Experience in Twelfth-century France - Penny Schine Gold

The Lady and the Virgin

Image, Attitude and Experience in Twelfth-century France

Paperback Published: 1st January 1985
ISBN: 9780226300887
Number Of Pages: 216

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Penny Schine Gold provides a bold analysis of key literary and artistic images of women in the Middle Ages and the relationship between these images and the actual experience of women. She argues that the complex interactions between men and women as expressed in both image and experience reflect a common pattern of ambivalence and contradiction. Thus, women are seen as both helpful and harmful, powerful and submissive, and the actuality of women's experience encompasses women in control and controlled, autonomous and dependent.
Vividly recreating the rich texture of medieval life, Gold effectively and eloquently goes beyond a simple equation of social context and representation. In the process. she challenges equally simple judgments of historical periods as being either "good" or "bad" for women.
" "The Lady and the Virgin"] presents its findings in a form that should attract students as well as their instructors. The careful and controlled use of so many different kinds of sources . . . offers us a valuable medieval case study in the inner-relationship between the segments of society and its ethos or value system."--Joel T. Rosenthal, "The History Teacher "
"Something of a tour de force in an interdisciplinary approach to history."--Jo Ann McNamara, "Speculum"
" A] well-written, extremely well-researched book. . . ." The Lady and the Virgin "is useful, readable, and well informed."--R. Howard Bloch, "Modern Philology
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List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Secular Image: Women in Chanson de Geste and Romance Literature and History: Some Methodological Concerns Chanson de Geste Romance
Religious Image
The Iconography of the Virgin Mary The Romanesque Image
The Virgin and Child The Early Gothic Image
The Triumph of the Virgin
The Coronation of the Virgin and the Standing Virgin and Child
The Virgin Mary and Attitudes toward Women
Religious Life: The Monastic Experience Historical Survey
The Reform Movements The Order of Fontevrault
Secular Life: Control of Property
Conclusion selected
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780226300887
ISBN-10: 0226300889
Series: Women in Culture and Society Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 1st January 1985
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 11.5  x 1.45
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition