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The Female Audience of the Manuscripts of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales

This thesis finds evidence that women used the manuscripts of the Canterbury Tales in an informal way, and the books were potentially kept in close proximity at home.

Renaissance Woman: The Life of Vittoria Colonna

Ramie Targoff’s Renaissance Woman tells of the most remarkable woman of the Italian Renaissance: Vittoria Colonna, Marchesa of Pescara.

Fighting in women’s clothes: The pictorial evidence of Walpurgis in Ms. I.33

Ms. I.33 is not only the oldest of the known fencing treatises in European context, it is also the only one showing a woman fighting equally with contemporary men.

Maiden warriors in Old Norse Literature

In the Old Norse literature, the term ‘shieldmaiden’ (Skjaldmær in Icelandic) tends to be used with reference to a Viking woman warrior

The Women around an Emperor: Anne of Brittany

In the fifth in a series of features exploring the early modern women whose lives intersected in some way with that of Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I, Natalie Anderson examines the life of Anne of Brittany.

The Spiritual Athlete: Elizabeth of Spaalbeek

Elizabeth stands out, though, in the sheer physical strength and flexibility shown by her ability to hold postures such as lying down with her head and shoulders elevated for an extended time – an incredible feat of core strength!

The Women around an Emperor: Eleanor of Portugal

In the fourth in a series of features exploring the early modern women whose lives intersected in some way with that of Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I, Natalie Anderson examines the life of Eleanor of Portugal.

The Evangelical Pearl: The Last Masterpiece of Medieval Female Mysticism

This paper explores the writings of the anonymous, 16th-century female author of The Evangelical Pearl. Written in the Dutch vernacular and first published in 1537, the work proved to be a popular and influential one.

The Women around an Emperor: Margaret of Austria

In the third in a series of features exploring the early modern women whose lives intersected in some way with that of Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I, Natalie Anderson examines the life of Margaret of Austria.

The Medieval Magazine: (Volume 4: No. 2): Issue 104: Winter 2018

Banish the January doldrums with our latest issue featuring Sirens, the Bayeux Tapestry, Joan of Arc, and a trip to Ireland.

From Noblissima Dux to Beata: Expressions of Female Authority and Influence in Medieval Florence

This thesis argues that, by examining four influential women of Florence and northern Italy over some five centuries’ time, historians can view change over time related to female authority and how it reflects larger social norms.

The Women around an Emperor: Bianca Maria Sforza

In the second in a series of features exploring the early modern women whose lives intersected in some way with that of Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I, Natalie Anderson examines the life of Bianca Maria Sforza.

The Women around an Emperor: Mary of Burgundy

In the first in a series of features exploring the early modern women whose lives intersected in some way with that of Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I, Natalie Anderson examines the life of Mary of Burgundy.

The Customary of the Royal Convent of Las Huelgas of Burgos: Female Liturgy, Female Scribes

This article explores the medieval customary of the royal convent of Las Huelgas of Burgos, a hitherto unpublished document of critical importance for the knowledge of one of the most emblematic institutions of medieval Castile.

A Woman as Leader of Men: Joan of Arc’s Military Career

Though she was radically different from other contemporary military leaders, her troops followed her with a loyalty unsurpassed by any other late-medieval captain.

Will the Real Guinevere Please Stand Up?

If you’ve ever watched soap operas chances are good you’re familiar with the trope of the evil twin. But did you know it extends even into Arthurian legend?

Book Tour: Heroines of the Medieval World by Sharon Bennett Connolly

This November, Medievalists.net is pleased to feature Sharon Connolly’s book tour for Heroines of the Medieval World. The book shares the stories of women, famous, infamous, and unknown, who shaped the course of medieval history.

Women and the Reformation

In 2017, we are celebrating the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 theses, the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. Truly a monumental event in western history. But was it only a history initiated and carried by men?

Finding Sanjō Genshi: Women’s Visibility in Late Medieval Japanese Aristocratic Journals

This study examines women’s visibility in journals composed by Japanese male aristocrats in the late fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries.

Assets to the Country: Countesses in Fourteenth Century England

Surviving sources can tell us much about medieval noblewomen, even if many earlier historians ignored them. We learn that these women were strong and intelligent, and can answer questions about their childhoods, their abilities to choose marriage partners, their daily and annual schedules, and their experiences during widowhood.

Women, attorneys and credit in late medieval England

In recent years, quantitative research regarding the use of later medieval English courts has dispelled the old myth that women at law were mostly engaged in litigation over land.

‘Nec ancilla nec domina’: Representations of Eve in the Twelfth Century

This thesis seeks to demonstrate the extent to which the figure of Eve operated in twelfth-century commentary on Genesis as a crucial means by which to examine some of the most fundamental and problematic areas of the hexaemeron and fall narratives.

Agatha, Clerical ‘Wife’ and Wet Nurse to King John of England, Longtime Companion to Godfrey de Lucy, Bishop of Winchester

Agatha is the earliest royal wet nurse for whom at least a faint sketch of her life can be drawn, and she presents a rare view of a non-noble, non-royal, non-religious English woman of the late twelfth- and early thirteenth centuries.

Women in Domesday

Four women may be taken as typical of the sort of information Domesday includes, and the sort of women on whom it focusses.

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