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Handbook for William has 55 ratings and 5 reviews. Siria said: This, to me, Handbook for William: A Carolingian Woman’s Counsel for Her Son by Dhuoda. Handbook for William: A Carolingian Woman’s Counsel for Her. Son, by Dhuoda (review). John Moorhead. Parergon, Volume 17, Number 2, January , pp. Handbook for William: a Carolingian woman’s counsel for her son / by Dhuoda ; translated and with an introduction and afterword by Carol Neel Dhuoda.

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Eventually politics caught up with her family. The easy-to-read book is an excellent description of daily life for the nobility. The manuscript also includes other texts available to 9th century Carolingians and contains topics related to those included in the Handbook.

Her book is a paperback reprint of a work published in hard covers some years ago, with the addition of new material at the end, where an exceptionally helpful Afterword engages with some of the surprisingly large volume of relevant recent work and suggests ways in which it facilitates the reading of the text. Her husband, Bernard, was condemned for rebellion and executed in I think that makes me a geek.

This English translation is based on the critical edition and French translation by Pierre Riche. The Deaths of the Body and of the Spirit. In essence, it is a strong possibility, perhaps even likely, that Dhuoda sent all of these texts to her son in an effort to engage him in a fairly standard Carolingian ehuoda program.

Dhuoda’s work is the only one known to be written handbooi a woman to survive from the Carolingian period. Handbook for William is the only text to survive from the Carolingian period that we know to have been written by a woman. Follow Blog via Email Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Josh Espinosa rated it did not like it Nov 07, What little we know of her life comes from her book, the Liber Manualisor Manualwhich Dhuoda wrote for her elder son, William, between and University of Nebraska Press, Now available for the first time in paperback, it includes an afterword written by Carol Neel that takes into account recent scholarship and the revised edition of Riche’s text.


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Although Dhuoda’s advice to her son is more spiritual than secular, there is plenty of the latter to go around–and many of the examples Dhuoda puts in for her son can be read as criticisms of the behavior of the high and mighty at court, particularly the three sons of the emperor Charlemagne.

She brings out, without adjudicating between, different approaches to the text opened up by feminist scholarship: It hints at a role djuoda Carolingian women of serving as the voice of morals and values.

The Handbook is fascinating — a lengthy, well-written book indicating lay literacy — and female lay literacy. The Carolingians and the Written Word. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. As wipliam, I looked at the title wistfully, then decided to check the price. Erica rated it really liked it Mar 02, Ray Lewis rated it really liked it Willam 23, Feb 09, Jordan rated it williak it Shelves: These people were more of an equivolent of an “upper middle class” in terms of income, luxuries, education, and legal rights.

Social Order and Secular Success. While handblok was there, Dhuodaa sent him her Handbook. No trivia or quizzes yet. But I’m interested in Medieval History, particularly from the 4th through 9th centuries and I read about it – a lot. Carol Adler rated it liked it Dec 30, This particular collection included seven. The Frankish society was extremely patriarchal. This, to me, is one of the most heartbreaking texts to survive from the Middle Ages. EME is an excellent publication — there were 4 articles in this issue and I downloaded all of them.


The book memorably expresses Dhuoda’s maternal feelings, religious fervor and learning. Wipf and Stock Arnobius of Sicca, George McCracken, trans. Other fascinating points are it shows just how much of an emphasis the Carolingian Court really did place on learning, which is evidenced by the works of people such as Alcuin, but it’s still interesting to see it from an in context primary source perspective.

Handbook for William: A Carolingian Woman’s Counsel for Her Son by Dhuoda

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According to Dhuoda, she spent this time struggling to maintain her husband’s authority in their land and on the border of Francia. View freely available titles: Her husband, Bernard, the count of Septimania, was away and she was separated from her children.

It is an invaluable document both for the general history of the Frankish era, but also for the history of education and the standards of education which could be attained by women even within the prescriptive bounds of early medieval society.