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Medieval Maidens
Young Women and Gender in England, 1270-1540
Kim M. Phillips  

$33.95 Paperback
Release Date: 3/1/2003
ISBN: 9780719059643    

264 Pages

Canadian rights only.
Distributed for Manchester University Press


About the Book

The medieval landscape, as traditionally viewed through the eyes of scholars, was hardly populated by women - aside from the occasional dazzling queen or mistress, strong-willed abbess, or exotic mystic. This picture has been dramatically altered by the scholarship of the last few decades as women have been restored to the medieval scene. However, to date, young unmarried women or 'maidens' have attracted little academic attention.

This book aims to fill that gap by examining the experiences and voices of young womanhood. The life-phase of 'adolescence' was rather different for maidens than for young men, and, as such, merits study in its own right. At the same time a study of young womanhood provides insights into ideals of feminine gender roles and identities at different social levels. Young women were engaged in the process of acquiring the gendered selves required of adult women, but were themselves representative of a powerful ideal of femininity.

This book will appeal to students interested in themes of women and gender, youth and the life-cycle, upbringing and sexuality in the medieval period

About the Author(s)

Kim M. Phillips is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Auckland.

Table of Contents

List of abbreviations
Note on texts
Introduction: Medieval youth, Constructing gender, Approach and sources

1. Attributes- Bodies, Minds, Exit Points, Perfect Age, Conclusion
2. Upbringing- Modes of learning, Teachers, Messages, Conclusion
3. Work- Noble service, Town and country, Conclusion
4. Sexualities- Sexual boundaries, Flirtation and fantasy, Conclusion
5. Voices- 'Send more clothes', 'Marry me', 'Ave Maria', Restive voices, Conclusion



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Related Topics

Women's Studies
Sexuality Studies

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