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    DescriptionIn these four artfully crafted essays, Patrick Geary explores the way ancient and medieval authors wrote about women. Geary describes the often marginal role women played in origin legends from antiquity until the twelfth century. Not confining himself to one religious tradition or region, he probes the tensions between women in biblical, classical, and medieval myths (such as Eve, Mary, Amazons, princesses, and countesses), and actual women in ancient and medieval societies. Using these legends as a lens through which to study patriarchal societies, Geary chooses moments and texts that illustrate how ancient authors (all of whom were male) confronted the place of women in their society. Unlike other books on the subject, "Women at the Beginning" attempts to understand not only the place of women in these legends, but also the ideologies of the men who wrote about them. The book concludes that the authors of these stories were themselves struggling with ambivalence about women in their own worlds and that this struggle manifested itself in their writings.


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    Title
    Women at the Beginning
    Subtitle
    Origin Myths from the Amazons to the Virgin Mary
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Patrick J. Geary
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 136
    Width: 127 mm
    Height: 203 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 28 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780691124094
    ISBN 10: 0691124094
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    BIC E4L: SOC
    BIC subject category V2: HBLC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    BIC subject category V2: JFSJ1, JFHF
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP090
    Ingram Theme: SEXL/FEMINE
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17400
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    Ingram Subject Code: SO
    Libri: I-SO
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: SOC011000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 305.40902
    BISAC V2.8: SOC028000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 201/.3/082
    LC classification: BL795.W65 G43 2006
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 201.3082
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: JBGB, NHB, JBSF1
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Publisher
    Princeton University Press
    Imprint name
    Princeton University Press
    Publication date
    01 February 2006
    Publication City/Country
    New Jersey
    Author Information
    Patrick J. Geary is Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of "Before France and Germany: The Creation and Transformation of the Merovingian World" (Oxford); "Living with the Dead in the Middle Ages; Phantoms of Remembrance: Memory and Oblivion at the End of the First Millennium" (Princeton); and "The Myth of Nations: The Medieval Origins of Europe" (Princeton).
    Review quote
    "[T]his is a clever and delightful monograph."--Elisabeth Van Houts, Early Medieval Europe
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    "The essays presented here are lovely little gems of textual explication based on a long familiarity with the sources for medieval history, as well as a wise fondness for the period."--Lisa Bitel, University of Southern California
    Table of contents
    Acknowledgments ix Introduction 1 CHAPTER ONE: Women and Origins in Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages 7 CHAPTER TWO: Writing Women Out: Amazons and Barbarians 26 CHAPTER THREE: A Tale of Two Judiths 43 CHAPTER FOUR: Writing Women In: Sacred Genealogy and Gender 60 EPILOGUE: Women at the End 76 Notes 79 Suggestions for Further Reading 99 Index 101