Gender in Medieval Culture

Routledge has a long-standing publishing history in the medieval era, with leading specialist titles including Journal of Medieval History, Al-Masāq and Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies. We are proud to publish the latest research alongside a rich archive, and are delighted to present a selection of our research on  gender in the medieval period. This free access article collection brings together content from a range of medieval and women’s history journals, past and present. 

The first section of this collection focuses on women and power in the medieval period, exploring key historical figures such as Bridget of Sweden and examining women’s position within the broader economic and legal contexts of the time. The second section centres on the narration of gender in medieval texts and artwork, from masculine desire in old French fabliaux to the mapping of gender in early medieval poetry. The final section explores the construction of medieval femininity, with article content ranging from the medieval feminine aesthetic to the relative visibility (and invisibility) of women.

We hope that you enjoy this window into Routledge’s rich archive of medieval scholarship.

Articles free to access until the end of December 2018.

Journal of Medieval History Special Issue: 'Me fecit.' Making Medieval Art (History) 

Constructions of Medieval Femininity

Women and Power in the Medieval Age

Narrating Gender in Medieval Texts and Artwork