Motherhood and Mothering in Anglo-Saxon England

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Palgrave Macmillan, Mar 16, 2000 - FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS - 161 pages
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Motherhood and Mothering in Anglo-Saxon England sifts through the historical evidence to describe and analyze a world of violence and intrigue, where mothers needed to devise their own systems to protect, nurture, and teach their children. Mary Dockray-Miller casts a maternal eye on Bede, the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, and Beowulf to reveal mothers who created rituals, genealogies, and institutions for their children and themselves. Little-known historical figures--queens, abbesses, and other noblewomen--used their power in court and convent to provide education, medical care, and safety for their children, showing us that mothers of a thousand years ago and mothers of today had many of the same goals and aspirations.

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Mary Dockray-Miller teaches English in the College of Advancing Studies at Boston College.