Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

History

Faculty/School

Faculty of Arts

First Advisor

Chris Nighman

Advisor Role

Supervisor

Abstract

This thesis discusses English nuns and laywomen's continual direct or indirect involvement in book production in the late Middle Ages and Early Modern period from approximately 1385 to 1600 CE. I define conventional women as women considered socially acceptable during their period who did not deviate overtly from the norm. To do so, I examine three specific case studies: Richard Beauchamp's wives and daughters' roles as patrons, the nuns of Syon Abbey's consumption and production of books, and Elizabeth Pickering, a widow who was one of the first female printers in England. Through these three case studies, I will demonstrate how English women consumed and actively participated in book culture throughout the late Middle Ages and Early Modern period. Demonstrating the breadth of women's engagement in book culture in this period is essential for these sources to provide insight into the level and variety of women's involvement.

Convocation Year

2024

Convocation Season

Spring

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