By Stephanie Hollis
This research of literature by way of 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 ahead of 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 express 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 validated usual via the later center a long time. To help her argument the writer examines the indigenous place of girls sooner than the conversion of the Anglo-Saxons to Christianity, and considers purposes for the early church's concessions in recognize of ladies. Emblematic of advancements within the conversion interval, the institution and eventual suppression of abbess-ruled double monasteries types a distinct concentration of this learn. STEPHANIE HOLLIS is Senior Lecturer in Early English, Universityof Auckland, New Zealand.