The Lady in Medieval England 1000-1500AD Marriage Religion Rights Abduction Rape

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Seller: ancientgifts ✉️ (5,285) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, US, Ships to: WORLDWIDE, Item: 124179643240 The Lady in Medieval England 1000-1500AD Marriage Religion Rights Abduction Rape. The Lady in Medieval England 1000-1500 by Peter Coss. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Hardback with Dust Jacket: 224 pages. Publisher: Sutton Publishing (1998). Size: 9½ x 6¾ x 1 inch; 1½ pounds. Although there have been many books written about medieval women, few have focused specifically on the lady. In a book designed as a companion to the author's previous book. The Knight in Medieval England. Professor Coss attempts to remedy this with a work which concentrates on the role of the lady within medieval society, how she was perceived both by herself and by her male counterparts, how she related to and participated within the seemingly prevailing male culture of gentility, how the lives of lords and ladies inter-related, and how they behaved towards one another. The author begins by introducing the issues to be discussed through the example of the Pastons of the fifteenth century. The origins of the English lady are then considered and her position, status and image during the eleventh and twelfth centuries examined, highlighting both changes and continuities. The book then develops this theme by looking at the widening gentility in England during the succeeding centuries, especially as expressed through a variety of visual media. Employing a variety of sources, including double monumental effigies, brasses, and surviving letters, Professor Coss opens to popular scrutiny the affective relations between lord and lady, before turning to antagonistic relationships. In addition to the perennial disputes over property, he discusses rape, abduction and murder, examining the evidence for particular cases such as that of Juliana, widow of Thomas Murdak, who was said to have killed her husband at Stourton Castle during Easter week 1316 A.D., and who was sentenced to be burned. A further chapter looks at contemporary literature in terms of gender and ideology. Here the author examines the behavior deemed fitting for a Medieval Lady, and discusses the internationalization of social and cultural values through literature. Finally he offers an interpretation of the character of Chaucer’s Wife of Bath, which stresses the possibility of a strong mutual regard and support within medieval marriage. The stimulating and sometimes controversial text is complemented by a wealth of contemporary illustrations from manuscripts and documents, as well as photographs of medieval seals, effigies, and other artifacts. An invaluable work for academic historians and students, it will also have wide appeal for the general reader and for both those interested in medieval history in general and women’s history in particular. CONDITION: NEW. New hardcover w/dustjacket. Sutton Publishing (1998) 224 pages. Unblemished except for very mild shelfwear to dustjacket and covers. Pages are pristine; clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, unambiguously unread. Shelfwear to dustjacket and covers is in the form of mild crinkling to the spine heel. Also, if you hold the book up to a light source and inspect it intently, you'll see that the flat surfaces of the back side of the dustjacket evidence faint scuffing/rubbing with fine scratches (yes, we're nitpicking). The dustjacket is photo-finish, high-gloss dark green and so shows rub marks very easily merely from being shelved between other books. Condition is entirely consistent with new stock from a bookstore environment wherein new books might show minor signs of shelfwear, consequence of simply being shelved and re-shelved. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! Meticulous and accurate descriptions! Selling rare and out-of-print ancient history books on-line since 1997. We accept returns for any reason within 14 days! #1353.1b PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR JACKET DESCRIPTION(S) AND FOR PAGES OF PICTURES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: Although a number of books portray the life of nobility in medieval England, most present the romantic ideal rather than reality. Peter Coss's insightful work focuses on the lady's role in medieval society and how she related to and participated in the prevailing male culture of gentility. Equally important, the author discusses how the lady was perceived both by herself and by her male counterparts. Peter Coss is professor of medieval history and director of the Centre for the Study of Medieval Society and Culture at the University of Wales, Cardiff. He has published several books on medieval society. He has also served on the council of the Royal Historical Society. PROFESSIONAL REVIEW: REVIEW: Medieval history scholar Peter Coss examines the role of the lady within medieval English society, including the historical origins of the concept of nobility; the lady's position, status, and image during the 11th and 12th centuries; and depictions of female gentility in England during the succeeding centuries. An invaluable work for academic historians and students, it will also have a wider appeal for the general reader and for those interested in both women's and gender history. Includes black and white illustrations and eight pages of color plates. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: Despite being a companion-guide to the author's study of the Medieval knight, this book can be read very easily on its own. It is a useful book because there are few that deal solely with noblewomen rather than Medieval women in general. This has enabled Peter Coss to focus on real women, such as Alice Chaucer and the Pastons, but it has also enabled him to use a wide range of evidence not usually used, such as tomb effigies. Coss focuses mainly on the Later Middle Ages, but the topic is well introduced as he seeks to explain where the lady came from. Her relations with her lord is the dominant theme running through this book, and Coss seeks to establish that despite living in an undoubtedly patriarchal world, both sexes usually ignored the worst excesses of the misogynistic preaching, and reached an accommodation with each other, even a partnership. A lady's role in the world of chivalry and gentility is also discussed. Negative aspects, like rape and physical violence are also covered. The work is clear, surprisingly detailed and uses an unusually broad amount of evidence. It is suitable for general readers, and is not purely an academic textbook. It is lavishly illustrated which helps when he is discussing coats of arms and the like. The format of the book is very good, and is well structured. An enjoyable read. REVIEW: This book is a remarkable piece of scholarship. Coss never makes a claim that he can't give solid examples for. It is extremely insightful in the 'real' life, and looks at real women's lives, not just popular lore. Its detailed nature can be slightly hard to 'get into', but if one keeps reading, it is yields fascinating information and becomes immensely engrossing! Professor Coss attempts to remedy this with a work which concentrates on the role of the lady within medieval society, how she was perceived both herself and by her male counterparts, how she related to and participated within the seemingly prevailing male culture of gentility, how the lives of lords and ladies inter-related, and how they behaved towards one another. As we look to the role of women in today's society, so can we look back to antecedents in the western tradition: here, Medieval England. REVIEW: This excellent book is best read as a pair with his previous, equally good “The Knight in Medieval England”. A knight must have a lady, but while many books have been written about medieval women, few have focused on the knight's female counterpart in society. Again, emphasis is on the aristocracy, since that's where the records are, though Coss depends heavily on surviving letters and contemporary literature as well as household accounts, and he even employs such sources as monumental effigies and brasses. Both books are stimulating studies with many examples drawn from noble families of the period. ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND: History of the European Middle Ages: In the history of Europe, the Middle Ages or Medieval Period lasted from the 5th to the 15th century. It began with the fall of the Western Roman Empire and merged into the Renaissance and the Age of Discovery. The Middle Ages is the middle period of the three traditional divisions of Western history: classical antiquity, the medieval period, and the modern period. The medieval period is itself subdivided into the Early, High, and Late Middle Ages. Population decline, counter-urbanization, collapse of centralized authority, invasions, and mass migrations of tribes. All of these had begun in Late Antiquity and continued in the Early Middle Ages. The large-scale movements of the Migration Period, including various Germanic peoples, formed new kingdoms in what remained of the Western Roman Empire. In the 7th century, North Africa and the Middle East which were once part of the Byzantine Empire fell. These regions came under the rule of the Umayyad Caliphate. The Caliphate was an Islamic empire founded by Muhammad's successors. Although there were substantial changes in society and political structures, the break with classical antiquity was not complete. The still-sizeable Byzantine Empire, Rome's direct continuation, survived in the Eastern Mediterranean and remained a major power. The empire's law code, the Corpus Juris Civilis or "Code of Justinian", was rediscovered in Northern Italy in 1070 and became widely admired later in the Middle Ages. In the West, most kingdoms incorporated the few extant Roman institutions. Monasteries were founded as campaigns to Christianize pagan Europe continued. The Franks, under the Carolingian dynasty, briefly established the Carolingian Empire during the later 8th and early 9th centuries. It covered much of Western Europe but later succumbed to the pressures of internal civil wars combined with external invasions: Vikings from the north, Magyars from the east, and Saracens from the south. During the High Middle Ages, which began after 1000, the population of Europe increased greatly. Technological and agricultural innovations allowed trade to flourish. The Medieval Warm Period climate change allowed crop yields to increase. The Medieval Manor System involved the organization of peasants into villages. The villages in turn owed rent and labor services to the nobles. The Feudal System encompassed a political structure whereby knights and lower-status nobles owed military service to their overlords in return for the right to rent from lands and manors. The Manor and Feudal systems were two of the ways society was organized in the High Middle Ages. First preached in 1095 A.D. the Crusades were a series of military attempts by Western European Christians to regain control of the Holy Land from Muslims. Kings became the heads of centralized nation-states. This reduced crime and violence but made the ideal of a unified Christendom more distant. Intellectual life was marked by scholasticism,. Scholasticism was a philosophy that emphasized joining faith to reason, and by the founding of universities. The theology of Thomas Aquinas, the paintings of Giotto, the poetry of Dante and Chaucer, the travels of Marco Polo, and the Gothic architecture of cathedrals such as Chartres are among the outstanding achievements toward the end of this period and into the Late Middle Ages. Condition: NEW (albeit very mildly shelfworn). See detailed condition description below., Dimensions: 9½ x 6¾ x 1 inch; 1½ pounds, Publisher: Sutton Publishing (1998), Format: Hardcover with dustjacket, Length: 224 pages

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