Methuen, 1984, Paperba, Book Condition: Near Fine, Dust Jacket Condition: N/A, Reprint
yellow & white titles spine; cover illustration statue of Saint Margaret; illustrated by section of b/w. photo's. of depictions of women in medieval times; "Did women really constitute a 'fourth estate' in medieval society and, if so, in what sense? In this wide-ranging study Shulamith Shahar considers this and the whole question of the varying attitudes to women and their status in Western Europe between the twelfth and the fifteenth centuries. The study is based on a great variety of historical sources drawn from England, France, the Low Countries, Germany, Italy and the Iberian peninsula. All were feudal societies and had what were in many ways comparable economic systems, material cultures and class structures during the period; and all were united in the Roman faith. These similarities were reflected in the position of women throughout Western Europe, and the book draws a cohesive picture of women in a range of different situations: nuns and married women, peasant and noblewomen, townswomen and women involved in heretical movements and witchcraft. The ideologies and practicalities about the role of women in the fixed world order are complex, and Professor Shahar gives a range of individual examples to substantiate her arguments. Her book makes fascinating reading for anyone interested in women's studies as well as for medieval and social historians."; light wear to corners; including notes & index - 351 pages. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Quantity Available: 1. Category: History; Feminist / Women's Studies; European History; Middle Ages; Medieval 10th to 15thc; Women & Feminism. ISBN: 0416368107. ISBN/EAN: 9780416368109. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: FEM00003.