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The prime of their lives : wise old women in pre-industrial Europe

Author: Anneke B Mulder-Bakker; Renée Nip
Publisher: Leuven ; Dudley, MA : Peeters, 2004.
Series: Groningen studies in cultural change.
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"The contributions to this volume show that, in pre-industrial Europe, women in their prime, women, that is, who had reached maturity and were beyond fertility, but not yet in old age, constitute a separate category for historical and literary analysis. These wise old women, or WOWs, took on tasks in society which were essentially different from the ones they had taken on before, mainly in the household. The case  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anneke B Mulder-Bakker; Renée Nip
ISBN: 9042915331 9789042915336
OCLC Number: 55871211
Description: xxv, 186 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction / Anneke B. Mulder-Bakker --
The compensations of aging : sexuality and writing in Christine de Pizan, with an epilogue on Colette / Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski --
[A] peler of holy cherch' : holiness, authority and the wise woman in The book of Margery Kempe / Liz Herbert McAvoy --
Family care : Ludeke Jarges ( -1469) and Beetke of Raskwerd ( -1554) : two strong women from Grongingen / Renee Nip --
'A wife and lady oneself' : maturity and memory in the diaries of Lady Anne Clifford (1590-1676) / Helen Wilcox --
Ruusbroec's letters : mystical maturity and age in medieval Dutch writing for women / Geert Warnar --
Visionary women who did what they wanted and men who helped them / Brian Patrick McGuire.
Series Title: Groningen studies in cultural change.
Responsibility: edited by Anneke B. Mulder-Bakker and Renée Nip.

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"The contributions to this volume show that, in pre-industrial Europe, women in their prime, women, that is, who had reached maturity and were beyond fertility, but not yet in old age, constitute a separate category for historical and literary analysis. These wise old women, or WOWs, took on tasks in society which were essentially different from the ones they had taken on before, mainly in the household. The case studies presented here show that some of these women entered a second phase of creativity and productivity and were even able to fulfil their desires at the age of forty. Being able, at last, to find their authentic selves, they acquired a female voice of their own."--Jacket.

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