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Medieval Maidens: Young Women and Gender in England, c.1270-c.1540

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The medieval landscape, as viewed through the eyes of scholars, was hardly populated by women. Particularly, young unmarried women or "maidens" have been paid little attention. This book aims to fill that gap by examining the meaning, experiences and voices of young womanhood. The life-phase of “adolescence” was different for maidens than for young men, and as such merits ...more
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Published June 28th 2003 by Manchester University Press
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David Santiuste
Kim Phillips uses a wide range of sources to provide a fascinating insight into the lives of English young women during the later middle ages. Whilst the author makes it clear that young women's lives were 'strongly shaped by community and social status, as well as by expectations of gender', she pieces together a complex, nuanced interpretation that emphasizes the diversity of individual experiences. This is very much a scholarly work, but I would recommend this book to anybody with a serious i ...more
Joshua Eiben
Very informative; gives a different picture of being female in the Medieval period than what we've traditionally been led to believe.
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