Preface; 1. From Perpetua to the eighth century; 2. Dhuoda; 3. Hrotsvitha; 4. Personal poetry by women: the eleventh and twelfth centuries; 5. Heloise; 6. Hildegard of Bingen; 7. From Hildegard to Marguerite Porete; Texts; Abbreviations; Notes; Bibliography; Index of manuscripts; General index.
'Women Writers of the Middle Ages compels us to re-examine our fundamental assumptions about medieval literature; it forces us to reconsider what constitutes good or even great literature and on what tenets literary canonization operates.' English Language Studies 'This must be one of the best books on women's writing. Mr Dronke is like the Chaucer who took such pains, in his Legend of Good Women, to write in the service of women, literature, elegance and wit.' The Times Literary Supplement