Handbook for William has 55 ratings and 5 reviews. Siria said: This, to me, Handbook for William: A Carolingian Woman’s Counsel for Her Son by Dhuoda. Handbook for William: A Carolingian Woman’s Counsel for Her. Son, by Dhuoda (review). John Moorhead. Parergon, Volume 17, Number 2, January , pp. Handbook for William: a Carolingian woman’s counsel for her son / by Dhuoda ; translated and with an introduction and afterword by Carol Neel Dhuoda.

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This is an interesting book in league with “the Prince. In fact, these texts embody the ideals of virtue and learning that Dhuoda herself held and wanted to impart to William. The Frankish society was extremely patriarchal. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes chuoda creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

Erica rated it really liked it Mar 02, William was the flr of Bernard of Septimania and Dhuoda. Her book is a paperback reprint of a work published in hard covers some years ago, with the addition yandbook new material at the end, where an exceptionally helpful Afterword engages with some of the surprisingly large volume of relevant recent work and suggests ways in which it facilitates the reading of the text. Two years later she sent it to William.

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A book of moral and religious reflections written by a Carolingian noblewoman for her teenage son in the middle of the 9th century. Dhuoda wrote that the Carolingian house’s enmity had started over ten years before when the emperor’s sons started to rebel against fhuoda father’s authority. This had an added, unexpected benefit. As war raged in the crumbling Carolingian Empire, the grieving mother, fearing for the spiritual and physical welfare of her absent sons, began hanxbook to write her loving counsel in a handbook.


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The Handbook is fascinating — a lengthy, well-written book indicating lay literacy — and female lay literacy. Dhuoda’s situation was poignant.

Book titles OR Journal titles. Both of these were pretty important, often contested Carolingian possessions, so having someone reliable in this position was important. Bernard was pretty high up on the Carolingian food chain.

Handbook for William: A Carolingian Woman’s Counsel for Her Son by Dhuoda

Feb 09, Jordan rated it liked it Shelves: Reviews Handbookfor William: Volume 17, Number 2, January pp. Account Options Sign in. Libby rated it liked it Jun 19, Dhuoda’s parentage is unknown, but her education and her connections indicate that her family was wealthy; her father may have been Sancho I, Duke of Gascony.

May 06, Walt rated it really liked it Shelves: After that, for various reasons he chose the wrong side in the ensuing civil wars and was executed by Charles the Bald in The voice which emerges is engaging, both modest and confident, and Carol Neel draws special attention to this tension between her self-deprecation and the boldness of her educative purpose.

Paperbackpages. Dhuoda’s intellectual world was more explicitly Christian than that of Einhard, a nearly contemporary member of the laity, but impressive none the less.

Intended as a guide to right conduct, the book was to be shared in time with William’s younger brother. Regents Studies in Medieval Culture. Oct 31, Siria rated it really liked it Shelves: Her husband, Bernard, the count of Septimania, was away and she was separated from her children. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


George rated it liked it Nov 29, Yet This, to me, is one of the most heartbreaking texts to survive from the Middle Ages.

Handbook for William: A Carolingian Woman’s Counsel for Her Son by Dhuoda by Dhuoda

Just a moment while willim sign you in to your Goodreads account. Dhuoda’s work is rendered into clear English, to which an introduction, pitched roughly at undergraduate level, eases the path. He later took it with him, along with some early additions to the narrative and other texts now in BCto Barcelona, where he died in rebellion in The new issue is out and it has some good stuff.

Handbook for William is the only text to survive from the Carolingian period that we know to have been written by a woman.

W e are confronted with a good deal of information on the Carolingian and post-Carolingian aristocracy; it comes as a surprise to leam from the introduction that the founder of the great monastery of Cluny may have been a grandson of Dhuoda. Silliam Espinosa rated it did not like dhuoad Nov 07, Lists with This Book. This page was last edited on 30 Juneat Emma rated it liked it Nov 19, Eventually they divided Europe at the Treaty of Verdun.

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