Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 2848
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Buck , R. A.
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  • Title: Women and Language in the Anglo-Saxon Leechbooks
  • Source: Women and Language 23, 2 (Fall 2000): Pages 41 - 50.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Bald's Leechbook, Old English Collection of Medical Remedies Healers and Healing Language Leechbook III, Old English Collection of Medical Remedies Medical Manuscripts Medicine Old English Language
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  • Geographic Area: British Isles
  • Century: 10
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  • Abstract: This paper describes how women are presented in the Anglo-Saxon Leechbooks, medical texts written in Old English around a.d. 950. Trying to reconstruct the way women were understood in terms of illness during the Anglo-Saxon period is a difficult task, namely for the same reasons women have had a difficult time reconstructing any aspect of their medieval history. The paper explores clues that the texts reveal about the use of the books. It describes how the compilers recognize women, how the language describes women, and how the compilers interpret popular beliefs about women. By studying the language of the texts, the paper presents a glimpse of how the male learned culture intersected with common perceptions of the ways of women. [Reproduced with permission of the publisher, the Communication Department, George Mason University.]
  • Author's Affiliation: Eastern Illinois University, Charleston
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  • Year of Publication: 2000.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 87554550