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Peace-Weavers and Shield Maidens: Women in Early English Society

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An account of the earliest Englishwomen; the part they played in the making of England, what they did in peace and war, the impressions they left in Britain and on the continent, how they were recorded in chronicles and how they come alive in heroic verse and jokes.
Paperback, 64 pages
Published December 31st 1997 by Anglo-Saxon Books (first published December 1997)
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Mary Catelli
Jun 10, 2013 Mary Catelli rated it really liked it
Shelves: history-medieval
An extensive look at all the literary evidence left behind by the Anglo-Saxons. Which is to say, a slim little pamphlet sized book.

In it she hunts for what knowledge can be unearthed from our sparse records. Opening with a foreign account, told the Greek writer by Franks, of an English princess whose betrothal was broken off because her husband's father had realized he was about to die and instead married off his son to his stepmother, for the alliance. The princess raised a war force to come an
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Graham
May 05, 2010 Graham rated it liked it
A short but interesting read. I seem to recall that these pamphlets from Kathleen Herbert were originally university lectures which have been written up and edited into book format, which makes sense.

This one looks at the woman's role in early English society, basically asking "who was she?". Narrative examples of princesses and nuns are included here, as well as poems detailing with love affairs and loss. There's no one answer in the end, other than that women were critically important to socie
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Jan Pospíšil
Aug 25, 2014 Jan Pospíšil rated it it was ok
First off - the book is surprisingly thin. I must've missed the pagecount while ordering, but it's only 50 pages in a tiny softcover booklet. I'm not saying it's not worth the price for me, but it might not be for others. (considering shipping fees, it IS a bit steep)

Tthe whole book could've done with another pass by an editor and a proofreader, but there's even a typo in the back blurb, good grief. The book itself pretty much delivers what the title promises.

It's a bit more than an essay, a bi
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Rachel T
Apr 01, 2016 Rachel T rated it really liked it
Finding stories of women in Early English history can be a tricky affair as much of the history written around that time was noted down by monks who weren't known for having lots of time for the opposite sex, especially if they happened to be pagans as well.

This is a short but interesting book on women of rank who acted as Peace-Weavers or Shield-Maidens or both. In some cases not even the name of the woman survives, just a mention of her story as in the case of Raedwald's wife. You can read th
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Michelle Styles
Oct 07, 2014 Michelle Styles rated it liked it
Short non fiction on women in Early English society. Part of the book's problem is that it is far too short. Herbert neglects many potential subjects such as Acha, Eanflead etc and concentrates primarily on Bathild, Hild and Aethelfled.
It is however a much neglected subject and it was good to read her take on it.
A.H. Gray
Jan 31, 2014 A.H. Gray rated it really liked it
Short but to the point. An interesting look on the few women that made an impact on the early Anglo-saxon period... Or at least some of those whose deeds have survived through the centuries.
Alison Killilea
Sep 30, 2014 Alison Killilea rated it liked it
Interesting. But a bit too short and badly edited.
Bianca Bradley
Jul 24, 2013 Bianca Bradley rated it it was amazing
Short but tells you the role of Women in the Germanic tribes. I really found this thought provoking and enjoyed it.
Andrea
Jun 26, 2013 Andrea rated it really liked it
A lot smaller than I would have thought, however very packed with details. The Bibliography alone is a trove.
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