Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index

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1. Record Number: 2729
Author(s): Battles, Paul.
Title : Of Graves, Caves, and Subterranean Dwellings: "Eorðscrœf" and "Eorðsele" in the "Wife's Lament" [argues that the two terms refer to a souterrain, an underground dwelling often used as a hiding place, especially for women; the author cites examples from archaeology and from Old English, Middle English, and Icelandic texts].
Source: Philological Quarterly , 73., 3 (Summer 1994):  Pages 267 - 286.
Year of Publication: 1994.