Women, Reading, and Piety in Late Medieval England

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Cambridge University Press, 09.03.2006 - 244 Seiten
In Women, Reading, and Piety in Late Medieval England Mary Erler traces networks of female book ownership and exchange which have so far been obscure, and shows how women were responsible for both owning and circulating devotional books. Seven narratives of individual women who lived between 1350 and 1550 are enclosed by an overview of nuns' reading and their surviving books, and a survey of women who owned the first printed books in England. An appendix lists a number of books not previously attributed to fe male ownership.
 

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Prologue
1
Dinahs Story
7
Ownership and transmission of books womens religious communities
27
The library of a London vowess Margery de Nerford
48
A Norwich widow and her devout society Margaret Purdans
68
Orthodoxy The Fettyplace sisters at Syon
85
Heterodoxy Anchoress Katherine Manne and Abbess Elizabeth Throckmorton
100
Women owners of religious incunabula the physical evidence
116
Surviving religious womens books not listed in KerWatson or Bell
139
Multiple book ownership by religious women
147
Surviving copies of various incunabula in female ownership
150
Notes
152
Select bibliography
195
Index of manuscripts
215
General index
218
Urheberrecht

Epilogue
134

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Über den Autor (2006)

Mary Erler is Professor of English at Fordham University. She has edited the work of the Tudor poet Robert Copland (1993) and has co-edited Women and Power in the Middle Ages (1988). She has written on devotional literature in L. Hellinga and J. B. Trapp (eds.), Cambridge History of the Book, Vol. 3, 1400-1557 (1999). Her essays have appeared in Renaissance Quarterly, Viator, The Library, Modern Philology, Medieval Studies, Medium Aewm, and other journals.

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