Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 7799
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  • Contributor(s): Carmen Caballero-Navas, ed. and trans
  • Title: Book of Women's Love, or Book of Regimen of Women
  • Source: The Book of Women's Love and Jewish Medieval Medical Literature on Women.  Edited by Carmen Caballero-Navas.  Kegan Paul, 2004.  Pages 108 - 212.
  • Description: "Edition, translation, and commentary on a Hebrew treatise on love magic, aphrodisiacs, cosmetics, gynecology, and obstetrics. The work is known to exist in only one late fifteenth-century copy, made probably in the area of Catalonia or Provence. Essentially a remedy book, this essentially empiricist text will disappoint those looking for theoretical statements about sexuality or magic. Caballero-Navas concedes that the author is male, but then offers a rather strained argument for a female audience despite evidence within the text that it was directed toward male readers. Other Hebrew texts on women’s medicine beyond those described by Barkaï 1998 [A History of Jewish Gynaecological Texts in the Middle Ages (Leiden: Brill, 1998)] are mentioned."
    From Monica H. Green, Bibliography on Medieval Women, Gender, and Medicine 1980-2009 http://www.sciencia.cat/biblioteca/documents/Green_CumulativeBib_Feb2010.pdf
  • Article Type: Edition of Text; Translation
  • Subject (See Also): Gynecology Jews Medicine Sexuality
  • Geographic Area: Eastern Mediterranean
  • Century: 13
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  • Year of Publication: 2004.
  • Language: English; Hebrew
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0710307586
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