Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 1670
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Tolhurst , Fiona.
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  • Title: The Great Divide?: History and Literary History as Partners in Medieval Mythology [The author takes four literary works by Geoffrey of Monmouth, Matthew Paris, Boccaccio, and Christine de Pizan as case studies. She argues that they all demonstrate a sophisticated mix of historical, legendary, and Biblical figures. Furthermore in their representations of women they each perform significant cultural work. Geoffrey of Monmouth sought to legitimize Empress Matilda's rule of England. Matthew Paris reinforced desirable female behavior by critcizing dangerous female traits. Boccaccio offered models for women to emulate. Christine de Pizan took this further by acknowledging misogyny in her sources and championing woman's moral nature. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: Historical Reflections/ Reflexions historiques 30, 1 (Spring 2004): Pages 7 - 27.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Boccaccio, Giovanni, Author- De Mulieribus Claris Christine de Pizan, Poet- Livre de la Cite des Dames Chronicles Geoffrey of Monmouth, Historian- Historia Regum Britanniae Historiography History Latin Literature Literature- Prose Matthew of Paris, Chroni
  • Geographic Area: General
  • Century: 12- 13- 14- 15
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  • Author's Affiliation: Alfred University
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  • Year of Publication: 2004.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 03157997
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