By Stephanie Hollis
This examine of literature by way of clerics who have been writing to, for, or aboutAnglo-Saxon girls within the eighth and early ninth centuries indicates thatthe place of ladies had already declined sharply earlier than the Conquest a declare at variance with the conventional scholarly view. Stephanie Hollis argues that Pope Gregory's letter to Augustine and Theodore's Penitentialimplicitly exhibit the early church's view of ladies as subordinate to males, and keeps that a lot early church writing displays conceptions of womanhood that had hardened into confirmed ordinary by means of the later heart a long time. To aid her argument the writer examines the indigenous place of ladies ahead of the conversion of the Anglo-Saxons to Christianity, and considers purposes for the early church's concessions in appreciate of ladies. Emblematic of advancements within the conversion interval, the institution and eventual suppression of abbess-ruled double monasteries kinds a unique concentration of this examine. STEPHANIE HOLLIS is Senior Lecturer in Early English, Universityof Auckland, New Zealand.
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B. , 1979), pp. 3256. M. Stenton, pp. 2829, 7576, 348, had posited that the "rough equality" between men and women that obtained at all levels of Anglo-Saxon society continued among the peasant classes, while upper class women became increasingly subject to their husbands as feudal lords. J. Scammell reached opposite conclusions regarding peasant women, in "Freedom and Marriage in Medieval England," EconHR 27 (1974), 5327; "Wife-Rents and Merchet," EconHR 2nd ser. 29 (1976), 48790. Cf. E. Searle, ''Freedom and Marriage in Medieval England: An Alternative Hypothesis," EconHR 29 (1976), 4826.
Williams, however, added a further dimension to the view that Anglo-Saxon women enjoyed a freedom unknown until recent times; see "What's So New about the Sexual Revolution? ) Some of the more recent of the essays ed. Damico and Olsen, 1990, however, evince a deliberate intention to reverse this trend, and "question the uncritical acceptance of Anglo-Saxon women as passive victims" (p. , A. Q. Rating: Two Sexist Views of Genesis B," pp. 26272. 11 See Chance, pp. 604; at pp. 5364, she touches upon evidence other than vernacular poetry, including Bede's History, OE Martyrology, and Ælfric's Lives of Saints.
2/03/082 subject : Women in Christianity--History, English literature--Old English, ca. 450-1100--History and criticism, Women--England--History--Middle Ages, 500-1500, Church history--Middle Ages, 600-1500, Civilization, Anglo-Saxon. Page i Anglo-Saxon Women and the Church Sharing a Common Fate This study of literature by clerics who were writing to, for, or about Anglo-Saxon women in the eighth and early ninth centuries suggests that the position of women had already declined sharply before the Conquest a claim at variance with the traditional scholarly view, which is that the undermining of women's status took place in the years following the Norman invasion.
Anglo-Saxon Women and the Church: Sharing a Common Fate by Stephanie Hollis