Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 March 2008

320 Pages | 52 Illustrations, black & white, 16 Illustrations, colour

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780719075438

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Holy motherhood

Gender, dynasty and visual culture in the later middle ages

Elizabeth L'Estrange

Published by Manchester University Press

Manchester Medieval Studies MUP

  • Offers a strategy for understanding how certain viewers, mainly but not exclusively aristocratic lay women from late-medieval France, interpreted images of motherhood and childbirth
  • Constitutes a major addition to manuscript studies, as the first comprehensive study of the Fitzwilliam Hours and the Hours of Marguerite of Foix
  • Makes a number of hitherto unprinted sources available for scholars working in and across a variety of disciplines, such as art history, manuscript studies, and devotional literature
  • Contains a number of colour and black and white images of previously unpublished miniatures from these manuscripts
  • Places the images in their socio-historical context and explores the methodological problems of analysing idealized images of women produced within a patriarchal society