Independent Women Scholars Write (Women's) Medieval History

Susan Mosher Stuard

Abstract


Independent women scholars of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries writing about medieval women had voices that were personal, individualistic, and unassuming; fortunately, they were also heard. As highly innovative thinkers, they introduced new interpretive dimensions into the study of history. Perhaps most importantly, they provided analysis of gender as a historical variant. Their work resulted in new interpretive insights, and they invented hermeneutic schemes without making any grandiose claims for innovation. Margaret Wade Labarge is one of this company.

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