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Review of "A Medieval Woman's Companion: Women's Lives in the European Middle Ages"

Story Circle’s Susan Wittig Albert reviewed A Medieval Woman’s Companion. She writes, “A Medieval Woman’s Companion is—I’m not exaggerating here—the best introduction I know of to the widely-varied lives of medieval women….Borrowing from the Irish poet Eavan Boland, [Morrison] reminds us that the past needs us: “That very past in poetry which simplified us as women and excluded us as poets now needs us to change it.”

And that, for Morrison, is the central point of all our learning and study and thought. As a teacher, she knows that “we need to understand the historical past of women to change the historical future of women … As women historians and chroniclers of women’s lives and writings, we … have our work cut out for us.”

As readers, too, we have our work cut out for us. And Morrison’s Companion is exactly the kind of guide we need for the journey.”

~ Susan Wittig Albert, Story Circle Book Reviews
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