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Memory and Gender in Medieval Europe, 900-1200 by Elisabeth M. C. Houts
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Remembering the past in the Middle Ages is a subject that is often perceived as a study of chronicles and annals written by monks in monasteries. Following in the footsteps of early Christian historians such as Eusebius and St Augustine, the medieval chroniclers are thought of as men isolated in their monastic institutions, writing about the world around them. As the sole members of their society versed in literacy, they had a monopoly on the knowledge of the past as preserved in learned histories, which they themselves updated and continued. A self-perpetuating cycle of monks writing chronicles, which were read, updated and continued by the next generation, so the argument goes, remained the vehicle for a narrative tradition of historical writing for the rest of the Middle Ages. Elisabeth van Houts challenges this view and emphasizes the collaboration between men and women in the memorial tradition of the Middle Ages through both narrative sources (chronicles, saints' lives and miracles) and material culture (objects such as jewellery, memorial stones and sacred vessels).

Author Biography

ELISABETH VAN HOUTS is Lecturer in Medieval History at Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
Release date NZ
May 1st, 1999
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
notes, further reading, index
Imprint
Palgrave Macmillan
Pages
208
Dimensions
141x222x16
ISBN-13
9780333568583
Product ID
1834346

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