4,0 su 5 stelleNecessarily limited in scope but worth a look anyway
DaUn clienteil 16 luglio 2001 - Pubblicato su Amazon.co.uk
Following Amanda Foreman's Georgiana, any female biography has to pull out all the stops, and Underhill almost manages it. Coming to the text as a graduate student, I found it both helpful and frustrating. Much of the text dwells on Elizabeth de Burgh's homelife and administration, subjects already admirably covered by ffiona Swabey and Jennifer Ward. Yet For Her Good Estate also manages that which few other biographies of high-profile women can, and that is to build in the mind of the reader a convincing picture of a living, breathing woman whose importance in her own times cannot be underestimated. The first Chapter deals with de Burgh's upbringing and family life, which may be nothing new, but in giving the reader a basic grounding not only in de Burgh's personal history but in the history of the period in general, Underhill creates in minute detail Elizabeth's life, which helps to make her more real Given that Underhill is dealing with a mixture of limited information and well-known, even overused examples and paradigms of medival womanhood, she manages to create a readable, stimulating and accessible text. Elizabeth de Burgh was a fascinating woman who lived in fascinating times. This book is a must for all of you who think that gender history doesn't matter and has no relevance (and I know you exist!) What is here is not wholly new, but is important, and well worth a look.
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