This is a study of the role of female scribes at three different religious communities in Bavaria in the twelfth century. It shows how the women's work - in extending the increased intellectual activity of the scriptoria - supported the revival of the monastic reform movements of that period.
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Review of the hardback: 'Beach has studied her women with rigour and sensitivity providing a durable account of their work, fascinating observations on their interrelations with male counterparts, and thought-provoking reflections on their place in twelfth-century spiritual culture. As an illustration of the contribution that palaeography can make to intellectual and religious as well as bibliographical history, Women as Scribes deserves a wide readership.' The Library
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