medieval minute: women reading

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Though overall literacy in the middle ages was low by modern standards, there is considerable evidence that some women could read. Pictures of the Annunciation usually show Mary reading when she receives the news that she’d be the mother of the Savior. Many nuns could read, and Books of Hours (prayer books) for secular women are still extant. During the Protestant Reformation when all the faithful should read the Bible literacy grew for both men and women.

My medieval novels are available on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Viscounts-Daughter-Narbonne-Inheritance/dp/1492113301

To learn more about female literacy:
http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/659649?seq=3#page_scan_tab_contents

Reading Women, and Reading Women

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About medievalphyllis

I love history and I love writing. I've been working on an historical novel about a medieval viscountess, Ermengarde of Narbonne since 2009. It has been quite a journey and the journey isn't over. Previously I written 6 historical novels for kids, but this is a new challenge.
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