Memory and Gender in Medieval Europe 900-1200

By Elisabeth Van Houts

© 1999

Tracing the oral and written memories of families and monastic communities through chronicles, saints' lives, and material objects such as jewellery and memorial stones, Elisabeth van Houts argues that in the Middle Ages, as now, the knowledge of the past was shaped by men as well as women. Men may have dominated the pages of literature but many of the stories they wrote were told to them by women. The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 provides a case study to illustrate the ways in which one memorable event reverberated through the generations. In England and Normandy, men and women remembered their ancestors' experiences: the worst were kept alive orally for a long time before they were written down, the best were put on paper straight away.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5in x 0.4in x 8.5in
Product Formats

SaveUP TO 9239

Book Formats

SKU# SP001168

  • PUBLISHED JUN 1999

    From: $52.50

    Regular Price: $70.00

    ISBN 9780802046987

Quick Overview

Elisabeth van Houts argues that in the Middle Ages, as now, the knowledge of the past was shaped by men as well as women. Men may have dominated the pages of literature but many of the stories they wrote were told to them by women.

Memory and Gender in Medieval Europe 900-1200

By Elisabeth Van Houts

© 1999

Tracing the oral and written memories of families and monastic communities through chronicles, saints' lives, and material objects such as jewellery and memorial stones, Elisabeth van Houts argues that in the Middle Ages, as now, the knowledge of the past was shaped by men as well as women. Men may have dominated the pages of literature but many of the stories they wrote were told to them by women. The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 provides a case study to illustrate the ways in which one memorable event reverberated through the generations. In England and Normandy, men and women remembered their ancestors' experiences: the worst were kept alive orally for a long time before they were written down, the best were put on paper straight away.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5in x 0.4in x 8.5in
  • Author Information

    Elisabeth van Houts teaches Medieval History at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. She has published widely on Anglo-Norman history and medieval historiography.