Long overlooked in standard reference works, pioneering women medievalists are brought to life in this collection through memoirs, biographical essays, and interviews. The essays cover many different nationalities and disciplines - including literature, philology, history, archaeology, art history, and philosophy - each delving into one woman's life, intellectual contributions, and efforts to succeed in a male-dominated field. These strong personal histories constitute a new standard reference that speaks to a growing interest in women's toles in the development of scholarship. The collection includes such figures such as Anna Jameson, Lina Eckenstein, Georgiana Goddard King, Eileen Power, Dorothy L. Sayers, Dorothy Whitelock, Susan Mosher Stuard, Caroline Walker Bynum, and others.
Jane Chance is professor of English at Rice University and author and editor of many books. She edits three series in her field, the Boydell and Brewer Library of Medieval Women, a guide for Greenwood Publishing, and a new Praeger series.