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Women of the Twelfth Century Remembering the Dead

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ISBN-10: 0226167844

ISBN-13: 9780226167848

Edition: N/A

Authors: Georges Duby, Jean Birrell

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In this volume, one of the greatest medieval historians of our time continues his rich and illuminating inquiry into the lives of twelfth-century women. Georges Duby bases his account on a twelfth-century genre that commemorated the virtues of noblewomen who had died and the roles they came to play in the history of their lineage. From these genealogical works a vivid picture emerges of the lives these women led, the values they held, and the way in which they were viewed by the ecclesiastical and chivalric writers who immortalized them. The first section outlines the ways in which the dead--in both memory and legend--served to bond noble society in the twelfth century. Drawing on the Gesta by Dudo of Saint Quentin, the second section reflects on the roles that wives, concubines, and other women played during times of war and in the great exchanges of power that established the grand lineages of the Middle Ages. The third section reconstructs women as wives, mothers, and widows through the work of Lambert, Priest of Ardres.
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 2/28/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Introduction
Serving the Dead
The Dead within the House
Women and the Dead
Writing about the Dead
Remembering Women
Wives and Concubines
The Genealogy of a Eulogy
The Trouble with Women
Wives
Mistresses
Arlette
The Power of Women
The Context
The Witness
Mother Goddesses
The Couple
Widows Genealogies