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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
Between Pit and Pedestal does an admirable job describing the life of real women in the Middle Ages as they live between the 'pit of hell' characeterized by the fall of Eve and the saintly pedestal of the Virgin Mary. The book covers all aspects of medieval life from the home and hearth to sex, religion, land ownership, the legal system and government. The book is readable and is well-suited for the general reader. My only complaint with the book is that at times it reads like a string of factoids strung together and individual stories lacks depth. This fault is somewhat required by the survey nature of the book. Recommended for anyone interested in the Middle Ages or women in history.
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