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Women in the Middle Ages by Joseph Gies

Women in the Middle Ages

by Joseph Gies, Frances Gies

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I liked most of the Gies' books I have read- at this is no exception. A fascinating and useful introduction to the source material revealing Medieval Women in every guise. Perhaps it will serve to challenge the misconceptions that they were an universally repressed and downtrodden class with no rights. From noblewomen to Merchants, there was far more to the fairer sex in the Middle Ages than being locked on towers.....also it has proved useful for a number of academic pursuits and assignments. ( )
  Medievalgirl | Oct 4, 2016 |
If an author can place Oxfordshire in the north Midlands, the rest of their scholarship becomes suspect.
Overall this was disappointing ( )
  Vorobyey | Oct 15, 2008 |
Great book, very interesting & informative ( )
  vikEE1 | Jul 14, 2008 |
The problem with the brothers Gies is that they drag their 20th Century prejudices back with them through time. They are hindered in this work, for example, by the assumption that women were powerless in early Medieval times, because women were oppressed in more recent history.

They do not look openly at the evidence, in my opinion. The power of Fredegund, Ringunth and others evades them. The book is an easy read but misrepresentative and thus a danger to those without a firm understanding of the primary sources from that time. ( )
  ThePam | Nov 15, 2007 |
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Women in History

Traditional history, all about politics, wars, and revolutions, has devoted few pages to women because few women were prominent in those male-dominated activities.
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Correcting the omissions of traditional history, this is "a reliable survey of the real and varied roles played by women in the medieval period. . . . Highly recommended."--Choice

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