Women in the Middle Ages--

Writers, Musicians, and Artists

These sites are in alphabetical order and do not reflect any kind of hierarchy. They are selected to complement the medieval and medieval women episodes of Dr. John Lienhard's The Engines of Our Ingenuity from the University of Houston's KUHF Public Radio station, and to assist in further research. Links to an Engines page are indicated with three blue bullets, thus: .

-- Sherron Lux, Medievalist and Librarian

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Artists

    Find a good collection of art by medieval women artists, including works by Guda, Claricia, Ende, Abbess Hitda, Hildegard von Bingen, Harrade von Landsberg, Suzanne de Court, Sabina von Steinbach, and, of course, Anonymous, in large clickable thumbnails with the pertinent information, created for Women Artists I at Washington State University.

      Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179):  

    The Catholic Encyclopedia offers a good biography of St. Hildegard.

    Pierre F. Roberge provides a fine multi-part site on Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179): A Discography. Part I lists all works attributed to her and their original recordings; in Part II, find LP releases not re-released on CD; Part III presents the latest CD releases.

    Sarah Whitworth's Early Music by Women Composers includes an annotated Hildegard Discography.

    The 13th-century Syon cope, a superb example of Gothic textiles, was most likely made by English women; for illustrations and information, see:

    • "Cope" article from The Catholic Encyclopedia
    • In color from the ArtServe site, University of Australia
    • Clear image from the Women Artists Courses site at Washington State University

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Musicians

      Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179):  

    The Catholic Encyclopedia offers a good biography of St. Hildegard.

    Pierre F. Roberge provides a fine multi-part site on Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179): A Discography. Part I lists all works attributed to her and their original recordings; in Part II, find LP releases not re-released on CD; Part III presents the latest CD releases.

    Sarah Whitworth's Early Music by Women Composers includes an annotated Hildegard Discography.

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Writers

    For several articles on women in Middle English Literature, see the Anthology of Middle English Literature: Articles and Essays from Luminariam's excellent Anthology of Middle English Literature (1350-1485), both by Anniina Jokinen.

    To search for links to many medieval women writers by Author Name, by Country, or by Century, go to the aptly-named A Celebration of Women Writers from CMU, edited by Mary Mark Ockerbloom. Links here are to biographies (brief to extensive), primary texts (partial and full text, original language and translations), and essays.

    For brief biographies or tidbits on a number of medieval women writers with portions of their writings, see the links at the Chronologal List of Medieval Women Composers from Sarah Whitworth's Early Music by Women Composers.

      Christine de Pisan (Pizan) (1363-1431):  

    Find a brief biography of Christine de Pisan through Danuta Bois's Distinguished Women of Past and Present site.

      Dhuoda (9th c.):  

    No. 1195: "Dhuoda" looks at a 9th-century French mother writing an instruction manual for the child from whom she was separated.

      Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179):  

    The Catholic Encyclopedia offers a good biography of St. Hildegard.

    Pierre F. Roberge provides a fine multi-part site on Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179): A Discography. Part I lists all works attributed to her and their original recordings; in Part II, find LP releases not re-released on CD; Part III presents the latest CD releases.

    Sarah Whitworth's Early Music by Women Composers includes an annotated Hildegard Discography.

     Julian of Norwich (1342-ca.1416):  

    See Anniina Jokinen's Luminarium site on Julian of Norwich for links to a Biography, her Works, a Bibliography, Essays and Articles, and Additional Resources.

     Margery Kempe (ca.1373-1438):  

    See Anniina Jokinen's Luminarium site on Margery Kempe for links to several Biographies, a Bibliography, excerpts from her Work, and several Essays and Articles.

     Marie de France (12th century):  

    The extensive website of the International Marie de France Society includes ALL of Marie's Lais and several of her Fables in English translation as well as some in Old French and other languages, an informative Introduction, the texts of several Related Works, links to Secondary Sources as well as to Marie's World and to Her Works, and information about the International Marie de France Society.

    A further Marie tidbit, including an English translation of her fable "Issi Avint Qu'un Cers Beveit" ("A Thirsty Deer Was Standing By"), can be found at Marie de France (fl. 1160-1215) from Early Music by Women Composers.

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Created April 1998 by Sherron Lux

UPDATED January 2002

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