The book showed that a vigorous case for women was available by the late Middle Ages. How might we evaluate the strengths of the case, and why did it not have a greater cultural and social impact on the underlying or ‘structural’ misogyny of the period? This chapter addresses these questions by considering briefly what profeminine writers had in mind when they thought about the possibility of women undertaking concerted action. When they projected women making a stand on their own behalf, how radical might the possibilities have been?
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