Chronology; List of illustrations; Introduction; 1. The power and the weakness of women in Anglo-Norman romance Judith Weiss; 2. Women as lovers in early English romance Flora Alexander; 3. Mothers in Middle English romance Jennifer Fellows; 4. 'Clerc u lai, muine u dame': women and Anglo-Norman hagiography in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries Jocelyn Wogan-Browne; 5. Women in no-man's land: English recluses and the development of vernacular literature in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries Bella Millett; 6. 'Women talking about the things of God': a late medieval subculture Felicity Riddy; 7. '... Alle the bokes that I haue of latyn, englisch, and frensch': laywomen and their books in late medieval England Carol M. Meale; 8. Women authors and women's literacy in fourteenth- and fifteenth-century England Julia Boffey; 9. Women and their poetry in medieval Wales Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan.
'... a harbinger of the way our thinking about literary culture in the Middle Ages is destined to be transformed by ... painstaking exhumations of women's lives and roles ... invaluable.' Nicholas Watson, Studies in the Age of Chaucer 'There is much of interest in every one of these chapters, and individually the essays are precisely focused and often succienct.' AUMLA