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Title:
Women of the twelfth century
Author:
Duby, Georges.
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Uniform Title:
Dames du XIIe siècle. English
Physical Description:
3 volumes : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
v. 1. Eleanor of Aquitaine and six others -- v. 2. Remembering the dead -- v. 3. Eve and the church.
ISBN:
9780226167763

9780226167800

9780226167831

9780226167848
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Book

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Summary

In this volume, Georges Duby examines the lives of prominent twelfth-century French women as well as popular female literary figures of that time. Focusing on medieval notions of women and love, Duby looks for the ideological motivations for the representation of the female sex. He analyzes the ways in which women's biographies were written and how female characters were treated in fable and legend, pointing to the social and political forces at work in these representations.

The historical personages include Eleanor of Aquitaine whose several marriages brought her wealth and autonomy; the virtuous Héloïse; and the visionary recluse Juette. Duby also studies the literary figures of St. Marie-Madeleine, a composite figure who personified the essential female traits of frailty, ardent love, and evangelicalism; Iseut, literary beloved of Tristan; and two other emblematic figures, Dorée d'Amour and Phénix--women who became ladies through chivalrous love.

Provocative, informative, and entertaining, this book offers new insight on courtly love and the representations of women under medieval patriarchy.


Summary

In this volume, Georges Duby examines the lives of prominent twelfth-century French women as well as popular female literary figures of that time. Focusing on medieval notions of women and love, Duby looks for the ideological motivations for the representation of the female sex. He analyzes the ways in which women's biographies were written and how female characters were treated in fable and legend, pointing to the social and political forces at work in these representations.

The historical personages include Eleanor of Aquitaine whose several marriages brought her wealth and autonomy; the virtuous H#65533;lo#65533;se; and the visionary recluse Juette. Duby also studies the literary figures of St. Marie-Madeleine, a composite figure who personified the essential female traits of frailty, ardent love, and evangelicalism; Iseut, literary beloved of Tristan; and two other emblematic figures, Dor#65533;e d'Amour and Ph#65533;nix--women who became ladies through chivalrous love.

Provocative, informative, and entertaining, this book offers new insight on courtly love and the representations of women under medieval patriarchy.


Author Notes

Georges Duby was a member of the Academie Francaise, and taught for many years at the College de France


Georges Duby was a member of the Academie Francaise, and taught for many years at the College de France


Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Eleanor
2 Mary Magdalen
3 Hélïose
4 Iseult
5 Juette
6 Soredamors and Fenice
Conclusion
Introduction
1 Eleanor
2 Mary Magdalen
3 Hélïose
4 Iseult
5 Juette
6 Soredamors and Fenice
Conclusion

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