Medieval maidens

Young women and gender in England, 1270–1540

By Kim Phillips

Medieval maidens

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-5964-3
  • Pages: 264
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £15.99
  • Published Date: March 2003
  • BIC Category: Humanities / Medieval history, Society & social sciences / Gender studies: women, HISTORY / Medieval, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies, CE period up to c 1500, European history: medieval period, middle ages, History & Archaeology, History, Medieval History
  • Series: Manchester Medieval Studies


The first study on medieval women to treat young women or 'maidens' separately and at length. The book makes a contribution to gender studies through its study of medieval girls' acquisition of appropriate roles and identities, and their own attitudes towards these roles. Examines the experiences and voices of young womanhood. Provides insights into ideals of feminine gender roles and identities at different social levels.


List of abbreviations
Note on texts
Medieval youth, Constructing gender, Approach and sources
1. Attributes
Bodies, Minds, Exit Points, Perfect Age, Conclusion
2. Upbringing
Modes of learning, Teachers, Messages, Conclusion
3. Work
Noble service, Town and country, Conclusion
4. Sexualities
Sexual boundaries, Flirtation and fantasy, Conclusion
5. Voices
'Send more clothes', 'Marry me', 'Ave Maria', Restive voices, Conclusion


Kim M. Phillips is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Auckland

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