How do we talk about women's writing in the Middle Ages? Did medieval women write history? If so, what kinds of history did they write? This talk will examine the primary kind of women's history-writing in medieval England, the "foundress narratives" produced by many nunneries, to argue for these narratives as a form of women's history. These foundation narratives, emphasizing female agency and often explaining related legal documents, offer a distinctive female slant on institutional history that parallels but differs from similar kinds of historical narrative produced in male monasteries.
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