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By Stephanie Hollis

This learn of literature via clerics who have been writing to, for, or aboutAnglo-Saxon ladies within the eighth and early ninth centuries indicates thatthe place of girls had already declined sharply sooner than the Conquest a declare at variance with the conventional scholarly view. Stephanie Hollis argues that Pope Gregory's letter to Augustine and Theodore's Penitentialimplicitly exhibit the early church's view of girls as subordinate to males, and keeps that a lot early church writing displays conceptions of womanhood that had hardened into tested common via the later heart a long time. To help her argument the writer examines the indigenous place of ladies ahead of the conversion of the Anglo-Saxons to Christianity, and considers purposes for the early church's concessions in appreciate of girls. Emblematic of advancements within the conversion interval, the institution and eventual suppression of abbess-ruled double monasteries types a different concentration of this research. STEPHANIE HOLLIS is Senior Lecturer in Early English, Universityof Auckland, New Zealand.

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