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Medieval Studies and Research: Medieval Society: Women, Gender, and Family Life

This research guide is co-owned and co-authored by Dr. Danielle Mihram & Dr. Melissa L. Miller

Religious Women

Monastic and Religious Lives of Women

Literary Medieval and Early Modern Women

Epistolae: Medieval Women's Letters -  "The letters collected here date from the 4th to the 13th centuries, and they are presented in their original Latin as well as in English translation.  The letters are organized by the name and biography of the women writers or recipients.  Biographical sketches of the women, descriptions of the subject matter of the letters, and the historical context of the correspondence are included where available.”

Medieval Manuscripts: Gradual of Gisela von Kerssenbrock. Gisela of Kerzenbroeck, or, as she is also known, Gisela von Kerssenbrock, was a nun in the Cistercian convent of Marienbrunn, located in Rulle, a little village in the lower Saxony, near Osnabrück. She was one of the very few women who dedicated their life to writing and illustrating manuscripts. Her most famous work is the Gradual of Gisela von Kerssenbrock, or Codex Gisle, a liturgical chant book written around the XIV Century. The book contains 53 historiated initials, depicting the life of Christ, from the visit of Archangel Gabriel to the Virgin to his Ascension to Heaven. She left a trace of her own life experience onto the manuscript: the Christmas and Easter illuminations include images of kneeling nuns, and one of them in particular features Gisela herself directing the choir.This great number of images, very literal in their quotation of the Liturgy, makes this book one of the most decorated manuscript of its genre.  This siteIncludes a video (1.32 mins.) also available on YouTube.

Family Life

Medieval Family Life - The Paston, Stonor, Cely, Plumpton and Armburgh Papers.  Only five major letter collections exist from fifteenth century England and they are all available digitally for the first time in this resource.