Women in the Middle Ages
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Women in the Middle Ages

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Correcting the omissions of traditional history, this is "a reliable survey of the real and varied roles played by women in the medieval period. . . . Highly recommended."--Choice
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 139 x 215 x 15.24mm | 340.19g
  • HarperPerennial
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0060923040
  • 9780060923044
  • 610,737

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The bestselling chroniclers of medieval life Frances and Joseph Gies trace the stories and fates of women in medieval Europe over the course of a millennium.

Medieval history is often written as a series of battles and territorial shifts. But the essential contributions of women during this period have too often been relegated to the dustbin of history. In Women in the Middle Ages, Frances and Joseph Gies reclaim this lost history in a lively historical survey that charts the evolution of women's roles through this period and profiles eight individual women in depth. We learn of Hildegarde of Bingen, a noted composer and abbess who founded two monasteries; Eleanor de Montfort, a thirteenth-century Princess of Wales who was captured by Edward I and held as a political prisoner for three years; and women of somewhat more modest means, such as the spouse of an Italian merchant and a peasant's wife.

Drawing upon their various stories, talented historians Frances and Joseph Gies-whose books were used by George R. R. Martin in his research for Game of Thrones-offer a kaleidoscopic view of the lives of women throughout this tumultuous period.
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"Many a quaint and amusing side, as well as a wealth of solid information.""--New York Times"
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About Joseph Gies

Frances (1915-2013) and Joseph (1916-2006) Gies were the world's bestselling historians of medieval Europe. Together and separately, they wrote more than twenty books, which col-lectively have sold more than a million copies. They lived in Michigan.



Frances (1915-2013) and Joseph (1916-2006) Gies were the world's bestselling historians of medieval Europe. Together and separately, they wrote more than twenty books, which col-lectively have sold more than a million copies. They lived in Michigan.
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