Stories of women in the Middle Ages / Maria Teresa Brolis ; forewords by Franco Cardini and Giles Constable ; translated by Joyce Myerson.

Brolis, Maria Teresa, 1959- author.
Standardized Title:
Storie di donne nel Medioevo. English
English edition.
Montreal ; Kingston ; London ; Chicago : McGill-Queen's University Press, [2018]
xviii, 187 pages ; 22 cm
Women -- Europe -- Biography.
Women -- History -- Middle Ages, 500-1500.
Translated from the Italian.
"Between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries in Europe, not all women fit the stereotype of passive housewife and mother. Many led bold and dynamic lives. In this collection of historical portraits, Maria Teresa Brolis tells the fascinating tales of fashion icons, art clients, businesswomen, saints, healers, lovers, and pilgrims--both famous and little known--who challenge conventional understandings of the medieval female experience. Drawing on evidence from literary works and archival documents that include letters, chronicles, trials, testimonials, notary registers, contracts, and wills, Brolis pieces together an intricate overview of sixteen women's lives. With zest and compassion, she describes the mysterious visionary Hildegard of Bingen, the cultured Heloisa, the powerful Eleanor of Aquitaine, Saint Clare of Assisi, the rebel Joan of Arc, as well as lesser-known women such as Flora, the penitent moneylender, Bettina the healer, and Belfiore the pilgrim, among others. Following the trajectories and divergences of their lives from wealth to poverty, from conjugal love to the love of community, from the bedroom to life on the streets of Paris, London, Mainz, Rome and Bergamo, each portrait offers a riveting glimpse into the often complex and surprising world of the medieval woman. Combining the rigor of research with the thrill and empathy of narrative, Stories of Women in the Middle Ages is a provocative investigation into the biographies of sixteen incredible medieval heroines."-- Provided by publisher.
Hildegard, the genius
Raingarde, the mother
Heloise, the love-struck
Eleanor, the queen
Clare, the founder
Bridget, the pilgrim
Christine, the writer
Joan, the rebel
Flora and business
Agnesina and poverty
Ottebona and marriage
Grazia and the religious life
Gigliola and fashion
Bettina and her potions
Margherita and care-giving
Belfiore on the road.
Edition statement from Foreword, page ix.
Includes bibliographical references.
Other format:
Brolis, Maria Teresa, 1959- Storie di donne nel Medioevo. English. Stories of women in the Middle Ages.
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