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Women in Frankish Society: Marriage and the Cloister, 500 to 900: Marriage and the Cloister, 500-900 (The Middle Ages Series)

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"This well-documented social study of the status and activities of women in the family and in the church during the Merovingian and the Carolingian periods is a valuable addition both to medieval history and to women's history."-Religious Studies Review "Wemple has written an intelligent and interesting book about he transformation of Frankish society from a relatively pri ...more
Paperback, 348 pages
Published January 1st 1981 by University of Pennsylvania Press
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Siria
Given that this book was originally written in 1980, I definitely have to give it some leeway in terms of outdated its theoretical structure is. That said, if this were not the only basic introduction to Merovingian women and religion which the university library had to offer, I would not have ploughed through this all the way to the end. I thought the style of her writing was somewhat clunky, many of her conclusions not supported by the material, and flat out disagreed with her views on hagiogr ...more
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Jan 06, 2016 Sharon rated it it was ok
On the one hand, the author is dispassionate without being disinterested, she has done rigorous research of the documents available, and she is more generous to the Church than most writers. On the other hand, she uses the language of a feminist historian - equality, equal rights, etc. - which is incongruous to the time period. If you don't understand Christianity, then you will not understand Europe during the 4th-8th centuries.

As I say, Wemple refrains from vitriol against the Church, which i
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