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My Fair Lady? How We Think About Medieval Women

Yvonne Seale tells us: “Lady” is a simple word. But it can be used to mean very different things. It’s a standard way to refer to a woman; it is often used to confer a measure of social approval. But it’s got a broad range of meanings. “Lady” can imply an aristocratic title and tiara. Or, it can be used to describe someone who scrubs toilets for a living (a “cleaning lady”). Read the full essay at The Public Medievalist



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