Friday, December 30, 2011

New Book: Understanding Medieval Primary Sources

Rosenthal, Joel Thomas, ed. Understanding Medieval Primary Sources: Using Historical Sources to Discover Medieval Europe. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2012. WorldCat record 

See in particular Katherine L. French's chapter, "Medieval Women's History: Sources and Issues." French covers both descriptive documents (notarial registers, manor records, charters, witness depositions, and coroners' rolls, Episcopal visitation records, financial records of institutions, and household accounts) and prescriptive sources (the Bible,  civic codes, guild regulations, monastic rules, sermons, and advice literature).  Additional chapters provide different  perspectives on relevant sources: wills as primary sources; letters and letter collections; sources for manorial and rural history; medieval urban history; public health in the medieval city; images and objects as sources; and medieval archaeology.


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