Women's Literary Culture in Twelfth-and Thirteenth-Century England


in Saints' Lives and Women's Literary Culture, 1150-1300

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780198112792
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191707599 | DOI:
Women's Literary Culture in Twelfth-and Thirteenth-Century England

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This introductory chapter begins with a brief discussion of the literary culture of women in medieval England. It describes the focuses of the book, which is on saints' lives and their importance for women. A primary concern is the pervasiveness of virginity as a cultural ideal and form of exemplary biography for women. An overview of the subsequent chapters is presented.

Keywords: virginity; literature; saints' lives; women

Chapter.  10059 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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