Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 1820
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Wemple , Suzanne Fonay.
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  • Title: Women from the Fifth to the Tenth Century [The author gives an overview of laws regarding women (particularly those concerning marriage, divorce, and inheritance), in Roman law, in Germanic cultures, in Merovingian times, and in the Carolingian period. The author also describes women’s participation in religion (women in monastic orders as well as wives of deacons and priests) and women’s participation in scholarly and artistic activity (including women as scribes and authors). Monasteries gave women more access to education and more opportunities to assume active roles in scholarship and art. The decentralization of church and state in the tenth century also allowed women to make more creative social contributions. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: A History of Women in the West. Volume 2: Silences of the Middle Ages.  Edited by Christiane Klapisch-Zuber.  Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1992.  Pages 169 - 201.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Law Learning and Scholarship Marriage Monasticism Women in Active Roles Women in Religion Women's Status
  • Geographic Area: General
  • Century: 5- 6- 7- 8- 9- 10
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  • Author's Affiliation: Barnard College, Columbia University
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  • Year of Publication: 1992.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0674403711
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