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Medieval Domesticity
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  • Page extent: 332 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.67 kg
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 (ISBN-13: 9780521899208)

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  • Published January 2009

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$119.99 (C)

What did ‘home’ mean to men and women in the period 1200–1500? This volume explores the concept of domesticity, and addresses its many cultural, material and ideological dimensions. Leading scholars argue that, during this period, England witnessed the emergence of a distinctive bourgeois ideology of domesticity.

Contents

1. Introduction P. J. P. Goldberg and Maryanne Kowaleski; 2. 'Burgeis' domesticity in late medieval England Felicity Riddy; 3. Buttery and pantry, and their antecedents: idea and architecture in the English medieval house Mark Gardiner; 4. Building domesticity in the city: English urban housing before the Black Death Sarah Rees Jones; 5. Urban and rural houses and households in the late Middle Ages: a case study from Yorkshire Jane Grenville; 6. The fashioning of bourgeois domesticity in later medieval England: a material culture perspective P. J. P. Goldberg; 7. Nuns at home: the domesticity of sacred space Marilyn Oliva; 8. 'Which may be said to be her own': widows and personal property in late medieval England Janet Loengard; 9. Weeping for the virtuous wife: laymen, affective piety, and Chaucer's Clerk's Tale Nicole Nolan Sidhu; 10. On the sadness of not being a bird: late medieval marriage ideologies and the figure of Abraham in William Langland's Piers Plowman Isabel Davis; 11. Household games and women's erotic education Nicola McDonald; 12. Home visits: Mary, Elizabeth, Margery Kempe, and the feast of the Visitation Mary C. Erler.

Reviews

"an excellent, multi-disciplinary study of the contents and meaning of the late medieval English household and home." -The Medieval Review

"Few volumes of scholarly essays combine coherence of subject and quality of research as this one does. The articles are in dialogue with one another, implicitly if not always explicitly; they tackle big topics; they provide insightful analysis as well as a wealth of information." -Ruth Mazo Karras, Journal of British Studies

"Few volumes of scholarly essays combine coherence of subject and quality of research as this one does. The articles are in dialogue with one another, implicitly if not always explicitly; they tackle big topics; they provide insightful analysis as well as a wealth of information." -Ruth Mazo Karras, Journal of British Studies

"Kowaleski's and Goldberg's fine book demonstrates how essential the mundane is to a better understanding of medieval identities." -Sara M. Butler, Canadian Journal of History

Contributors

P. J. P. Goldberg, Maryanne Kowaleski, Felicity Riddy, Mark Gardiner, Sarah Rees Jones, Jane Grenville, Marilyn Oliva, Janet Loengard, Nicole Nolan Sidhu, Isabel Davis, Nicola McDonald, Mary C. Erler

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