Between Pit and Pedestal: Women in the Middle Ages
"Crusader and concubine, laundress and troubadour, mystic and midwife and miniaturist, beguine and bondwoman and the bersatrix rocking the cradle of kings- all find their rightful place in this bountiful compendium. With vast resourcefulness and a lively (and often irreverent) eye for the creaturely real, the authors make it impossible to sustain any last lingering illusions about the Middle Ages being 'a man's world.' " - John Bugge, Emory University from back cover.
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Review: Between Pit and Pedestal: Women in the Middle AgesUser Review - Anna - Goodreads
Still not sure exactly why decided to read this one, but it was very informative A pretty sad pattern in history - women find a way to make their life slightly better, women get very good at a certain ... Read full review