Date: Thu Jan 16, 2003 2:54 am
Subject: Links: Medieval Women

Greetings All. This week's Links list revolves around the study of Medieval Women, a discipline which has exploded of late. At Aethelmearc's 12th night celebration I was challenged to do a list on Bad Women of the Middle Ages. This turned out to be a difficult and not entirely fruitful endeavor in the time allotted for my task, so I humbly offer this Links List as an alternative, dedicated to the study of Medieval Women in general (title it Medieval Women Who Dared, if you will :).

As always, you are welcome to pass this list along to whomever may find it useful, or to use these links to update your own webpage links lists. I make no claims as to the veracity of the web page contents: YMMV.



(Site Excerpt) Birgitta of Sweden (1303-1373) and Julian of Norwich (1342-141?) were contemporaries, Julian being born the year of Birgitta's Arras Vision of St Dionysius concerning the Hundred Years' War between the Kings of England and France, 1342, Birgitta's Vision of the Crucifix at St Pauls outside the Walls, in Rome, being in 1368, and Julian's Vision of the Crucifix in 1373, the year of Birgitta's death in Rome.

Other Women's Voices: Translations of Women's writings before 1700
(Site Excerpt) Dhuoda of Septimania /of Uzes (c.806/11-aft.843)"YOU WILL HAVE LEARNED DOCTORS TO TEACH YOU..., BUT THEY ARE NOT OF EQUAL STATUS WITH ME."

Female Heroes: The Women Left Behind
(Site Excerpt) The effect of the Crusades on women left behind to fend for themselves was dramatic. The absence of a husband, son or guardian could be as long as 10 years. Then there were the men who never returned. It is reported that in the second and third crusades perhaps 500,000 were lost, a significant drain on the male Christian population.

Matrix Monasticon
(Site Excerpt) The Monasticon is a repertory that aims to document all women's religious communities from 400-1600 CE

Matrix Vitae
(Site Excerpt) The Vitae section collects biographical entries on persons important to the history of religious women and communities. Here we include both short biographies authored by modern scholars, as well as historical lives edited or translated for electronic publication in Matrix.

Matrix Bibliographia
(Site Excerpt) Bibliographia aims to be a comprehensive database of citations to primary secondary, published and unpublished sources related to women's religious lives. The Bibliography currently contains over 5000 citations has drawn from a number of sources.

Feminae: Medieval Feminist Index
(Site Excerpt) Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index covers journal articles, book reviews, and essays in books about women, sexuality, and gender during the Middle Ages. Because of the explosion of research in Women's Studies during the past two decades, scholars and students interested in women during the Middle Ages find an ever-growing flood of

Bibliography on Womenin Byzantium
Includes Primary Sources Available in Translation

Sybils: Workgroup for the Study of Medieval Women
See also for an interactive website seen through the eyes of Christine , a late medieval-period 15-year-old.

Self-portraits of Women Artists of the Medieval Period.
(Site Excerpt) Claricia: 12th century manuscript illuminator of Augsburg, Germany. She painted herself as the tail of the letter Q. Judging by her dress she was probably a lay person.

Medieval Women and Music
(Site Excerpt) Women's involvement with medieval music took a variety of forms; they served at times as audience, as participant, as sponsor, and as creator. The evidence for their roles, like that for their male contemporaries, is sporadic at best. Many musical sources have been lost, and those sources that do survive only occasionally provide composer attributions.

The Challenges Medieval Women Faced in their Struggle for Emancipation (An Essay)

Medieval Women Mystics and the Song of Songs (an Essay)

Art portraying Medieval Women
(Site Excerpt) These women are wearing long bliauds belted with cloaks. The pink garment of the woman with the blue sleeves is perhaps a surcoat, a garment which came to be worn in the fourteenth century. It was open at the sides and in some cases belted.

Orb: Women's studies

Matilda of Tuscany
(Site Excerpt) Matilda of Tuscany is one of the few women whose place in history rests on military accomplishments. The details of her career have to be gleaned from sources such as monastic chronicles, saints' lives and polemics that were not intended to record military actions in a logical or systematic manner.

Public record of the labour of Isabel de la Cavalleria
(Site Excerpt) I, Domingo de Cuerla, notary, together with the witnesses written and named below, were constituted there personally, having been called with much insistence by the aforesaid Isabel to attend her labour so that we could personally see and eyewitness the baby who would be delivered by the aforementioned daughter Isabel. .....

International Joan of Arc Society
(Site Excerpt) The International Joan of Arc Society/ Société Internationale de l'étude de Jeanne d'Arc is a WWW repository of scholarly and pedagogic information about Joan of Arc collected by faculty, independent scholars, and students.

Book of Margery Kempe
(Site Excerpt) Margery Kempe's spiritual biography is often called the first autobiography in English. A married woman who attempted to live a life devoted to Christ, Margery sought official Church recognition for her status as a spiritual woman and mystic, while continuing to live and travel in the secular world. She experienced intense emotional visionary encounters with Christ, which have at times a strikingly homely quality.

Internet Women's History Sourcebook

Women's Studies

Women's studies: History

ACRL Women's studies: Literature

Resources for the study of Women and their Hisytorical Roles

University of York LIbrary: Center for Medieval Women's Studies