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Motherhood, Religion, and Society in Medieval Europe, 400-1400


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Contents: Preface; Introduction: Henrietta Leyser, James Campbell; Augustine and Monnica, Kate Cooper; From maternal kin to Jesus as mother: royal genealogy and Marian devotion in the 9th-century West, Conrad Leyser; Dhuoda on dreams, Janet L. Nelson; Motherhood and power in early medieval Europe, west and east: the strange case of the Empress Eirene, Mark Whittow; In search of the good mother: 12th-century celibacy and affectivity, Brian Patrick McGuire; 12th-century English mothers, Henry Mayr-Harting; Did mothers teach their children to read?, Michael Clanchy; Who is my mother? Honouring parents in medieval exegesis of the Ten Commandments, Lesley Smith; Making motherhood in medieval England: the evidence from medicine, Monica H. Green; Obstacles to motherhood, Tony Hunt; A mother's past and her children's futures: female inheritance, family and dynastic hospitals in the 13th century, Sethina Watson; Becoming the Theotokos: Birgitta of Sweden and fulfilment of salvation history, Samuel Fanous; Mothers and orphans in 14th-century London, Caroline M. Barron and Claire A. Martin; Mother or stepmother to history? Joan de Mohun and her chronicle, Jocelyn Wogan-Browne; Bibliography; Henrietta Leyser: principal publications; Index.

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Conrad Leyser and Lesley Smith, both at the University of Oxford, UK James Campbell, Kate Cooper, Conrad Leyser, Janet L. Nelson, Mark Whittow, Brian Patrick McGuire, Henry Mayr-Harting, Michael Clanchy, Lesley Smith, Monica H. Green, Tony Hunt, Sethina Watson, Samuel Fanous, Caroline M. Barron, Claire A. Martin, Jocelyn Wogan-Browne.


'The editors and contributors are to be congratulated for [...] a book that on every page has something interesting and new to say about the varied lives of mothers... All contributors have taken the opportunity to widen their specific interests to stimulating conclusions.' English Historical Review

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