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The knowing of woman's kind in childing : a Middle English version of material derived from the Trotula and other sources

Author: Alexandra Barratt
Publisher: Turnhout : Brepols, ©2001.
Series: Medieval women--texts and contexts, 4.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English, Middle [1100-1500]View all editions and formats
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"This study comprises a critical edition, using all the five extant manuscripts of the most popular of the Middle English gynaecological texts deriving from the Latin Trotula-text. The Knowing of Woman's Kind in Childing is a short fifteenth-century prose treatise which claims to be translated from Latin texts (or Latin and French) that derive ultimately from the Greek. It has a unique importance as it was written  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Early works
Early works to 1800
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Knowing of woman's kind in childing.
Turnhout : Brepols, ©2001
(OCoLC)606752274
Named Person: Trotula.
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alexandra Barratt
ISBN: 2503510736 9782503510736
OCLC Number: 48417837
Description: xii, 169 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: 1. General Introduction --
The Text and Its Readers --
The Sources --
2. The Manuscripts --
Manuscripts of the Middle English Texts --
Manuscripts of the French and Latin Sources --
3. Textual Introduction --
Oxford Bodley MS Douce 37 and Cambridge University Library MS Ii. 6. 33 --
Oxford MS Bodley 483 --
British Library MS Sloane 421A and MS Additional 12195.
Series Title: Medieval women--texts and contexts, 4.
Responsibility: edited by Alexandra Barratt.
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"This study comprises a critical edition, using all the five extant manuscripts of the most popular of the Middle English gynaecological texts deriving from the Latin Trotula-text. The Knowing of Woman's Kind in Childing is a short fifteenth-century prose treatise which claims to be translated from Latin texts (or Latin and French) that derive ultimately from the Greek. It has a unique importance as it was written apparently by a woman, for a female audience, and on the subject of women. The text considers women's physical constitution, what makes them different from men (primarily the possession of a womb) and, in particular, the three types of problem that the womb causes. That it was written for a female audience is made explicit in the Prologue where the writer explains that he has translated this text because literate women are more likely to read English than any other language and can then pass on the information it contains to illiterate women. The text is a translation, no doubt by a man rather than a woman, but one of his ultimate sources was a text attributed to 'Trotula', in the Middle Ages believed to be the name of a midwife or gynaecologist from Salerno, who wrote extensively on women's ailments, childbirth and beauty care. Recent work shows that such a woman, probably named Trota, did exist and that she did write a gynaecological treatise, the Trotula or 'little Trota', which became closely associated with two other texts not by her. All three however became very popular and were widely disseminated under her name."--Jacket.

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