Women in the Middle Ages: The Lives of Real Women in a Vibrant Age of Transition Audiobook, by Frances Gies Play Audiobook Sample

Women in the Middle Ages: The Lives of Real Women in a Vibrant Age of Transition Audiobook

Women in the Middle Ages: The Lives of Real Women in a Vibrant Age of Transition Audiobook, by Frances Gies Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Anne Flosnik Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 4.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.38 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: August 2022 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9798212021968

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62:02 minutes

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09:52 minutes

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34:05 minutes

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Reissued for the first time in decades, this ambitious work of Medieval scholarship by bestselling historians Frances and Joseph Gies traces the stories and fates of women in Medieval Europe over the course of a millennium.

Medieval history is often written as a series of battles and territorial shifts. But the essential contributions of women during this period have been too often relegated to the dustbin of history. In Women in the Middle Ages, Frances and Joseph Gies reclaim this lost history, in a lively historical survey that charts the evolution of women’s roles throughout the period and profiles eight individual women in depth.

We learn of Hildegarde of Bingen, an abbess who was a noted composer and founded two monasteries; of Eleanor de Montfort, a thirteenth-century princess of Wales who was captured by Edward I and held as a political prisoner for three years; and women of somewhat more modest means, such as the spouse of an Italian merchant and a peasant’s wife.

Drawing upon their various stories, talented historians Frances and Joseph Gies—whose books were used by George R. R. Martin in his research for Game of Thrones—offer a kaleidoscopic view of the lives of women throughout this tumultuous period.

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“A reliable survey of the real and varied roles played by women in the medieval period…Highly recommended.”

— Choice magazine 


  • “Many a quaint and amusing side, as well as a wealth of solid information.”

    — New York Times
  • “An enjoyable book.”

    — Kirkus Reviews

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About the Authors

Frances Gies (1915–2013) and Joseph Gies (1916–2006) were the world’s bestselling historians of medieval Europe. Together and separately, they wrote more than twenty books, which collectively have sold more than a million copies.

About Anne Flosnik

Anne Flosnik, a seasoned audiobook narrator, has over four hundred titles to her credit and several awards and distinctions, including AudioFile Earphones Awards, a USA Today Recommended Listening selection, an AudioFile “Best Narration of the Year” selection in 2009, and the American Library Association’s Special Services to Children Award. She has also been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. She is an award-winning British actress with lead credits on stage, on television, and in commercials and voice-overs.