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Motherhood and Mothering in Anglo-Saxon England

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Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Mary Dockray-Miller
    Pages 1-8
  3. Mary Dockray-Miller
    Pages 77-115
  4. Mary Dockray-Miller
    Pages 117-124
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 125-161

About this book


Motherhood and Mothering in Anglo-Saxon England sifts through the historical evidence to describe and analyze a world of violence and intrigue, where mothers needed to devise their own systems to protect, nurture, and teach their children. Mary Dockray-Miller casts a maternal eye on Bede, the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, and Beowulf to reveal mothers who created rituals, genealogies, and institutions for their children and themselves. Little-known historical figures - queens, abbesses, and other noblewomen - used their power in court and convent to provide education, medical care, and safety for their children, showing us that mothers of a thousand years ago and mothers of today had many of the same goals and aspirations.


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About the authors

Mary Dockray-Miller teaches English in the College of Advancing Studies at Boston College.

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