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OF SIX MEDIÆVAL WOMEN WITH A NOTE ON MEDIÆVAL GARDENS

MACMILLAN AND CO., LIMITED LONDON · BOMBAY · CALCUTTA MELBOURNE

THE MACMILLAN COMPANY NEW YORK · BOSTON · CHICAGO DALLAS · SAN FRANCISCO

THE MACMILLAN CO. OF CANADA, LTD. TORONTO

[Illustration: Bib. de l'Arsenal, Paris.

POET DECLAIMING TO ACCOMPANIMENT OF VIOL.

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OF SIX MEDIÆVAL WOMEN TO WHICH IS ADDED A NOTE ON MEDIÆVAL GARDENS

BY ALICE KEMP WELCH

WITH INTRODUCTION AND ILLUSTRATIONS

MACMILLAN AND CO., LIMITED ST. MARTIN'S STREET, LONDON 1913

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AUTHOR'S NOTE

The Author's acknowledgments are due to the Editor of The Nineteenth Century and After for his kind permission to reprint such of the following studies as have already appeared in that Review, and also to "George Fleming" (Miss Constance Fletcher) for her rendering, on page 146, of four verses of Christine de Pisan's poem on Joan of Arc.

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INTRODUCTION xi

A TENTH CENTURY DRAMATIST, ROSWITHA THE NUN 1

A TWELFTH CENTURY ROMANCE WRITER, MARIE DE FRANCE 29

A THIRTEENTH CENTURY MYSTIC AND BEGUINE, MECHTHILD OF MAGDEBURG 57

A FOURTEENTH CENTURY ART PATRON AND PHILANTHROPIST, MAHAUT, COUNTESS OF ARTOIS 83

A FIFTEENTH CENTURY FEMINISTE, CHRISTINE DE PISAN 116

AGNES SOREL 147

A NOTE ON MEDIÆVAL GARDENS 173

ILLUSTRATIONS

FACE PAGE

Poet declaiming to accompaniment of Viol Frontispiece

Roswitha presenting her Poem to the Emperor Otho I., the Abbess of Gandersheim standing at her side. A. Dürer, 1501 1

Cover of St. Emmeran Gospels. 10th century 7

Marriage of Otho II. and Theophano. Byzantine, 10th century 7

Lady playing Harp. Add. MS. 38117, Brit. Mus. 32

Add. MS. 10293, Brit. Mus. 34

Boat with Knights and Lady. Add. MS. 10294, Brit. Mus. 49

Glaukos and Polyeidos in Tomb. Greek Vase, Brit. Mus. 52

Statue of Mahaut in Abbey of La Thieuloye, near Arras, now destroyed. From a Drawing, now in Brussels, made in 1602 99

Marriage of Charles le Bel and Marie of Luxemburg. Grandes Chrons. de France. Bib. Nat. 100

Thirteenth Century Treatise on Surgery, in French. Sloane MS. 1977 103

Banquet, with Minstrels playing, and Room hung with Embroidery. MS. Romance of Alexander, 14th century. Bodleian, Oxford 104

Harl. MS. 4425, Brit. Mus. 105

Christine de Pisan 119

Lady in Horse Litter, returning from Tournament. Harl. MS. 4431, Brit. Mus. 132

La Cité des Dames 138

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