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

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Seller: ancientgifts (4,531) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 122388691765 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: 214 pages. Publisher: Wrens Park Publishing; (1999). 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: GOOD. #1353m VG - $22.99 Unread (albeit slightly "shopworn") hardcover w/dustjacket over printed, laminated covers. Wrens Park/Sutton Publishing (1999) 224 pages. Inside the book is pristine; the pages are clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, unambiguously unread. Outside the book is unblemished except that it seems that the book was likely bumped against a bookshelf edge when being carelessly shelved, and so the top open corners of the book are bumped. Consequently the top, open corners of the dustjacket (both front and back) are crinkled, and beneath that (if you remove the dustjacket), the top corners of the laminated covers (both front and back) are also lightly crinkled. However the bumps are so mild that they are not echoed in the pages beneath; i.e., there's no corresponding wrinkle/dent/bend in the pages beneath the covers. The bumped corners are merely superficial, cosmetic blemishes. There's also faint crinkling to the dustjacket spine head. Given the shelfwear to the dustjacket and covers (albeit minor, superficial and cosmetic in nature), the book might lack the "sex appeal" of a "shelf trophy". Nonetheless it is otherwise new and unread. For those not concerned with whether the book will or will not enhance their social status or intellectual reputation, it's a solid, unread copy with "lots of miles left under the hood". 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! #1353m. 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. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). 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However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world – but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE." TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish Condition: Unread (but damaged). See detailed condition description below., Material: Paper, Pages: 214 pages, Provenance: Medieval England

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