Women and Community in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia

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Women and Community in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia

Edited and with an introduction by Michelle Armstrong-Partida, Alexandra Guerson, and Dana Wessell Lightfoot
 

Women and Gender in the Early Modern World Series

312 pages
4 tables, index

Hardcover

June 2020

978-1-4962-0511-7

$55.00 Pre-order

About the Book

Women and Community in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia draws on recent research to underscore the various ways Iberian women influenced and contributed to their communities, engaging with a broader academic discussion of women’s agency and cultural impact in the Iberian peninsula. By focusing on women from across the socioeconomic and religious spectrum—elite, bourgeois, and peasant Christian women, Jewish, Muslim, Converso, and Morisco women, and married, widowed, and single women—this volume highlights the diversity of women’s experiences, examining women’s social, economic, political, and religious ties to their families and communities in both urban and rural environments.

Comprised of twelve essays from both established and new scholars, Women and Community in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia showcases groundbreaking work on premodern women, revealing the complex intersections between gender and community while highlighting not only relationships of support and inclusion but also the tensions that worked to marginalize and exclude women.


 

Author Bio

Michelle Armstrong-Partida is an assistant professor of history at Emory University. Alexandra Guerson is a lecturer at the University of Toronto. Dana Wessell Lightfoot is an associate professor of history at the University of Northern British Columbia.

 

Praise

“This well-conceived volume gathers and fruitfully juxtaposes fresh material from many sites and communities and provides an entrée into the specialized research of a rich range of scholars. Many essays also suggest comparative links to developments not only within Iberia but beyond it. Altogether the collection makes a distinctive and valuable contribution to the history of European women before 1700.”—Elizabeth S. Cohen, coauthor of Daily Life in Renaissance Italy

“The collection brings together an amazing array of research that investigates how Iberian women understood and constituted communities. . . . It will be particularly valuable for students as a way of discussing methodology: the range of sources represented in the collection and the authors’ careful explanation of these sources will be great for teaching.”—Elizabeth A. Lehfeldt, author of Religious Women in Golden Age Spain: The Permeable Cloister

Table of Contents

List of Tables
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Women & Community in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia
PART 1: Community Networks and Economic Agency
  1. Credit and Connections: Jewish Women Between Communities in Vic, 1250-1350
SARAH IFFT DECKER
  1. Challenges Facing Mallorcan Conversas after 1391
NATALIE OELTJEN
  1. Death And Gender In Late Sixteenth-Century Toledo
GRACE E. COOLIDGE
PART 2: Challenging Communal Ties
  1. Women, Injurious Words, and Clerical Violence in Fourteenth-Century Catalunya
MICHELLE ARMSTRONG-PARTIDA
  1. Women, Violence, and Community in Late Medieval Valencia
MARK MEYERSON
  1. Mixed Marriages and Community Identity in Fifteenth-Century Girona
ALEXANDRA GUERSON and DANA WESSELL LIGHTFOOT
  1. In Defense of Community: Morisca Women in Sixteenth-Century Valladolid
STEPHANIE CAVANAUGH
PART 3: Institutional Relationships and Creating Communities
  1. Looking for a Way to Survive: Community and Institutional Assistance to Widows in Medieval Barcelona
MIREIA COMAS-VIA
  1. Founders, Sisters, and Neighbors in the Thirteenth Century: Women and Community at Santa Maria de Celas, Coimbra
MIRIAM SHADIS
  1. Scandal and the Social Networks of Religious Women
MICHELLE HERDER
  1. “Minerva of her Time:” Luisa Sigea and Humanist Networking
RACHEL F. STAPLETON
  1. “ So That They Will Remember Me”: Seroras and their Testaments in the Early Modern Basque Country
AMANDA SCOTT
Conclusion: Iberian Women and Communities across Time
ALLYSON M. POSKA
 

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