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By Stephanie Hollis

ISBN-10: 0585177600

ISBN-13: 9780585177601

ISBN-10: 0851153178

ISBN-13: 9780851153179

This learn of literature through clerics who have been writing to, for, or aboutAnglo-Saxon girls within the eighth and early ninth centuries indicates thatthe place of ladies had already declined sharply sooner than the Conquest a declare at variance with the conventional scholarly view. Stephanie Hollis argues that Pope Gregory's letter to Augustine and Theodore's Penitentialimplicitly show the early church's view of ladies as subordinate to males, and keeps that a lot early church writing displays conceptions of womanhood that had hardened into tested common via the later center a while. To aid her argument the writer examines the indigenous place of ladies ahead of the conversion of the Anglo-Saxons to Christianity, and considers purposes for the early church's concessions in admire of ladies. Emblematic of advancements within the conversion interval, the institution and eventual suppression of abbess-ruled double monasteries varieties a different concentration of this research. STEPHANIE HOLLIS is Senior Lecturer in Early English, Universityof Auckland, New Zealand.

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Damico and Olsen, 1990, however, evince a deliberate intention to reverse this trend, and "question the uncritical acceptance of Anglo-Saxon women as passive victims" (p. , A. Q. Rating: Two Sexist Views of Genesis B," pp. 26272. 11 See Chance, pp. 604; at pp. 5364, she touches upon evidence other than vernacular poetry, including Bede's History, OE Martyrology, and Ælfric's Lives of Saints. 12 On the influentiality of the church, Fell and Chance are diametrically opposed. Whereas Fell's portrayal of the favourable social position of Anglo-Saxon women rests upon the argument that patristic conceptions had no real effect on social actualities, Chance assumes a society thoroughly penetrated by them: "There were thus two archetypes of women that ordered the Anglo-Saxon social world," she writes, "two social roles of women, typified by the biblical contrast between Ave/Eva....

Adams (Boston, 1876), pp. D. Hazeltine, Zur Geschichte der Eheschliessung nach angelsächsischen Recht (Berlin, 1905). B. Bandel, "The English Chroniclers' Attitude toward Women," Journal of the History of Ideas 16 (1955), 11318, discussed the contrast in terms of political opportunities. M. Stenton brought to light an important new range of evidence in "The Historical Bearing of Place-Name Studies: The Place of Women in Anglo-Saxon Society,'' TRHS 4th ser. 25 (1943), 113, and he emphasized the power of individual royal women and the high status of women generally in Anglo-Saxon England (Oxford, 1943).

25 (1943), 113, and he emphasized the power of individual royal women and the high status of women generally in Anglo-Saxon England (Oxford, 1943). So also did D. Whitelock, The Beginnings of English Society (Harmondsworth, 1952). Page 3 development of military feudalism in the 11th century assisted the implementation of those aspects of the church's teachings on women that reinforced their subjection, so the misogyny that the church inherited from the early Fathers found points of contact with the unconverted societies with which missionaries came into contact, and that it achieved social effectiveness by virtue of its fusion with existing inequalities.

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