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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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. Dhuoda wrote that the Carolingian house’s enmity had started over ten years before when the emperor’s sons started to rebel against their father’s authority. Margaret rated it liked it Feb 28, Among the vast body of literature thrown up by the Carolingian Renaissance, few texts have the charm of this book of advice written by a mother to her son in the confused political situation which followed the handbbook of Louis the Pious in While the theory that these texts originated from a single library cannot be proven, it is a very logical inference.

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EME is an excellent publication — there were 4 articles in this issue and I downloaded all of them. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: George rated it liked it Nov 29, He later took it with him, along with some early additions to dilliam narrative and other texts now in BCto Barcelona, where he died in rebellion in Cor, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.


It hints at a role for Carolingian women of serving as the voice of morals and values. Dhuoda’s intellectual world was more explicitly Christian than that of Einhard, a nearly contemporary member of the laity, but impressive none the less.

Dhuoda stresses willim the importance of obeying fathers, even above kings. Manuel por mon fils Paris. She knew the Bible well, and was also able to draw on patristic and Carolingian material. Views Read Edit View history. Want to Read saving….

Cambridge, Cambridge University Press Neel has done a fine job. Regents Studies in Medieval Culture. Eilliam weekend without having to go in to work in a month, some fresh well, maybe not so fresh eye-candy, an unexpectedly affordable edition of a book I really want and some good articles so I can start to re-medievalize my brain — yesterday was a good day.

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Her husband, Bernard, the count of Septimania, was away and she was separated from her children. CUA Press- History – pages. Very ahndbook article that I enjoyed tremendously. Also notable, despite the heavy concentration on the spiritual well-being of her son, is Dhuoda’s conviction that the lay state, and everyday secular activities, could have positive value.

Lindsay Decker rated it it was amazing Dec 18, Louis would hold onto authority over the eastern Franks, Charles established himself in the west, and Lothar received territory that cut north to south from the Low Countries to Italy. My extremely busy 2-month work period ended with the close of a conference Thursday.


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She brings out, without adjudicating between, different approaches to the text opened up by feminist scholarship: It is not a narrative; that, combined with Dhuoda’s love of acrostics and numerology can make her text a little opaque for the modern reader. Preview — Handbook for William by Dhuoda. Wipf and Stock According to Dhuoda, she spent this time struggling to maintain her husband’s authority in their land and on the border of Francia.

Carol Neel is associate professor of history at Colorado College. Mica Pruitt rated it really liked it Mar 14, Both of these were pretty important, often contested Carolingian possessions, so having someone reliable in this position was important.

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

But I’m interested in Medieval History, particularly from the 4th through 9th centuries and I read about it – a lot. The Liber Manualis consists of seventy-three chapters as well as an introduction, invocation, and prologue. Open Preview See a Problem?

Dhuoda’s situation was poignant. The Handbook is primarily a moral guide where Dhuoda describes to William how to live his life from a moral perspective.

No formal history training. Yet the Handbook gives us access to the unhindered voice of a ninth-century woman: It is intended xhuoda be a moral compass and a guide to how a young Christian man should behave at the time.