Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index

Article of the Month

Indexers select an article or essay at the beginning of each month that is outstanding in its line of argument, wealth of significances, and writing style. We particularly look for pieces that will be useful as course readings.

April 2018 [Posted April 2019]

Pamphilia collecting silkworm cocoons and weaving silk fabric
Pamphilia collecting silkworm cocoons and weaving silk fabric, Boccaccio, De Claris Mulieribus, France, ca. 1440, British Library, Royal 16 G V, f. 54v. More information.
(Source: British Library, public domain)

Nutting, Elizabeth. "Making a Living in Silk: Women’s Work in Islamic and Christian Granada, Spain, 1400–1571." Journal of Women's History 30, 1 (2018): 12-34.

Abstract: "In the late medieval and early modern world, women’s work was universal and vital to local and international economies. Tracing the history of women’s silk work in Granada reveals that, through enormous political and cultural change, the economy continued to rely on Muslim women’s labor to such an extent that the silk industry could not survive without them. To date, scholars have underrepresented Iberia in the literature on women’s work in both European and Islamic historiography. This Iberian context highlights the connections and gaps between Christian and Islamic practice, providing a needed Mediterranean perspective that bridges formerly separate historiographies." [Reproduced from the journal page on the Project Muse website.]