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Peace-Weavers and Shield Maidens: Women in Early English Society

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ISBN-13: 978-1898281115
ISBN-10: 1898281114
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Anglo-Saxon Books (December 31, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1898281114
  • ISBN-13: 978-1898281115
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.2 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #719,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Karl L. Justice on April 22, 2013
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This book has quite a bit of information on influential women in Anglo-Saxon England (focusing just on the Saxon period prior to the invasion of William the Conqueror in 1066). Much of the information is presented in examples of women and their rise to power. Most of the women given in the book are peace-weavers, their influence was not spread (to our knowledge) with an axe or sword in their hand. There are good examples of shield maidens (literally women warriors who in this book are LEADERS) here but I would look more to Germanic/Scandanavian sources for more examples of sheild maidens. I think that the beginning of the book could have more meat for discussing early English society, women's role in society and how it "came to be". There are a few examples how the early English were similar to the non-Christian Germans (many peace-weaving women were nuns or other nobles supporting the church) but the book doesn't go into the "why" enough- both societies produced shield maidens and peace-weavers, both societies were similar but the origins of both types of women weren't fully expanded on in my view. Like I said earlier, the book is very short, I want to say under 70 or 80 pages- it took me less than an hour to read. Good source materials for further research but not THE definitive book on women in early English society.
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This is a very short work studyin the role women played in Anglo-Saxon society. I think the work is mostly solid (with caveats, see below), and provides a unique look at gender roles in Anglo-Saxon society.

In a work this short, one does not expect to find the authoritative study on the subject. I would have liked to see a longer work here. Additionally, a survey of important women in society does very little to show more general trends. For example, Joan of Arc's campaign shows very little about women in medieval French society by itself. I couldn't help feeling that Herbert was glossing over more difficult points.

All in all, I would recommend reading this book among many others. I would not recommend it as the only book on the subject, however.
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I am pleased with the clear writing, scholarly precision, and brevity of this book. These three qualities are so seldom found together. I am an avid amateur of history, and this is a very interesting light on this period. (I loved the "good press" for Aethelfled.)She has found some great sources - I'm already looking up some of the references.
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This book examines the roles women played in late Viking Age - early Medieval Age Anglo Saxon society. The author does a good job of drawing similarities in behavior and practices among various female historical figures. My one critique is that the piece is too short - while I understand it was not orginally meant as a print text, I would personally have loved reading more in-depth comparisons and even a few "cultural diversions" that would bring us even closer to this fascinating topic. That said, I found this book accessible, fluent, and extremely helpful to read.
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A great quick read with a ton of info on early Anglo Saxon and Germanic goings on of noble women and there associated people. A must for women who are pagan or heathen . You truly feel connected to the past and how these women lived and kept hte piece or instigated lack there of
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This is an excellent well written book on specific Anglo Saxon women with primary source information and contemporaries perspectives on them. I was very impressed with the quality of the information and the foot notes are giving me several other books that I would like to add to my to read list. I highly recommend it. I really love some of the stories of Pagan queens. Really great stuff.
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Well researched booklet on an often overlooked topic in history. There is a lot of information packed into a very short book. Well worth your time if you are interested in Anglo-Saxon history.
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small book, interesting info. Along with "Lady with a Mead Cup", a nice addition to my Anglo-Saxon library. IMHO she could have added more info and documentation.
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