The Writings of Medieval Women. An Anthology of women writers from the 3rd to the 15th centuries. 2nd edition revised and enlarged with new texts, updated notes and commentaries. Garland Publishing, New York. 1994. Routledge, New York. 536pp.
Literary works in translation by 36 women whose lives were serene, adventurous or in danger. From Perpetua, 22, young nursing mother who dictated her strange dreams before being thrown to the lions in Carthage in the year 203, to English housewife Margery Kempe, who in the midst of brewing and tending the horses in her corn-grinding mill, recorded visions of the love she experienced in the Lord’s celestial marriage bed.
“An attractive anthology of literature in translation. . . . Much of this material has not been previously available in English, and Thiébaux adds helpful introductory bibliographical leads for further study.” The Year’s Work in Modern Language Studies, Modern Humanities Research Association.
“A valuable contribution to the ongoing project of making works authored by women in the Middle Ages accessible to a general audience. . . . An impressive display of the range of medieval women’s spiritual, political, and literary abilities.” Envoi: Review Journal of Medieval Literature.