Review by Choice Review
This collection is an invaluable resource for undergraduate and graduate students planning research on medieval women, or for more advanced scholars wishing to know what is available in other fields. It includes 14 essays, each of which focuses on one type of source (e.g., seals, coins, canon law, exempla or saints' lives) or on the sources available in a specific geographic region, or on sources that present particular interpretive problems (e.g., legal documents, obstetrical literature, or clerical tracts written by men hostile to women). Most of the contributors discuss the ways in which such sources have been used since the Middle Ages to elicit information on women, providing the reader with both positive and negative examples. They also make suggestions for future research. Each chapter ends with extensive notes and a bibliography of primary and secondary sources. The authors include many of the most prominent scholars in the field--Susan Stuard, James Brundage, Jane Schulenburg, David Herlihy, JoAnn McNamara--so that their discussions are based on their own archival experience. Learning that these major scholars also encountered difficulties will certainly be heartening for younger students. The inclusion of chapters on visual sources is particularly welcome. Highly recommended for all research libraries and for any undergraduate program that offers medieval history. Most of the essays are clearly written and accessible to any advanced undergraduate. M. E. Wiesner University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee
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