Women and Writing in Early Europe: A Cousrcebook is a unique and invaluable collection of writing by, for and about medieval women. Larrigton's impressive selection of primry source material goes beyond existing sterotypes to raise vital questions of representation and autobiography. This sourcebook gathers together material drawn from a wide geographical and chronological range, spanning one thousand years and Europe from Iceland to Byzantium. The selections include literary, historical theological and other types of narrative and imaginative writing. The pieces explore the themes central to medieval women's lives and their relationship to cultural and social institutions. The sourcebook encompasses: * Marriage * Love, Sex and Frienship * Motherhood and Work * Women and Christianity * Women and Power * Education and Knowledge * Women and the Arts A much-needed and fascinating collection, Women and Writing in Early Eruope: A Sourcebook will be essential reading for the student of medieval literature. Larrington places the writins in their historical context, with clear, helpful introductions. All primary material is in modern English, some translated here for the first time.
Larrington also provides a fully up-to-date bibliography, maing it indispensable not only as a sourcebook but also as a research tool.