Women at the Beginning: Origin Myths from the Amazons to the by Patrick J. Geary PDF

By Patrick J. Geary

In those 4 artfully crafted essays, Patrick Geary explores the way in which historical and medieval authors wrote approximately girls. Geary describes the customarily marginal position girls performed in starting place legends from antiquity till the 12th century.

no longer confining himself to 1 non secular culture or area, he probes the tensions among ladies in biblical, classical, and medieval myths (such as Eve, Mary, Amazons, princesses, and countesses), and real ladies in historic and medieval societies. utilizing those legends as a lens by which to check patriarchal societies, Geary chooses moments and texts that illustrate how historical authors (all of whom have been male) faced where of ladies of their society.

not like different books at the topic, Women on the Beginning makes an attempt to appreciate not just where of girls in those legends, but in addition the ideologies of the boys who wrote approximately them. The ebook concludes that the authors of those tales have been themselves suffering from ambivalence approximately ladies of their personal worlds and that this fight manifested itself of their writings.

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