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Women Latin PoetsLanguage, Gender, and Authority from Antiquity to the Eighteenth Century$
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Jane Stevenson

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198185024

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198185024.001.0001

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Women and Latin Verse in the High Middle Ages

Women and Latin Verse in the High Middle Ages

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(p.108) 5 Women and Latin Verse in the High Middle Ages
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Women Latin Poets
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Jane Stevenson (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198185024.003.0007

This chapter discusses the rise of the vernaculars and changing role of Latin in medieval Europe. It presents the evidence for nuns and other religious women as poets in Latin. It also examines different varieties of religious life for medieval women, and the implications of these different lifestyles for access to Latin literacy. It discusses women and the exercise of authority in medieval Europe (notably by Norman royal ladies): early arguments for the Latin education of noblewomen. The chapter includes specific sections on surviving anonymous Latin verse in women's voices, rotuli (memorial rolls) as evidence for convent literacy, Baudri of Bourgeuil's circle of educated women, particularly Constantia, women Latinists in northern Europe, especially Hildegard of Bingen, the nuns of Helfta, the love-verses from Regensburg, and Willetrudis's Versus de Susanna: it is argued that this last may have been written at Wilton.

Keywords:   medieval Latin, medieval nuns, religious women, women in authority, Norman royal ladies, Adela of Blois, rotuli, Baudri of Bourgeuil, Constantia of Le Ronceray, Hildegard of Bingen

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