From: Nancy Gish [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
I do note that Gerda Lerner does not discuss Eleanor of
Aquitaine, and her history of "feminist consciousness" is extremely
packed with specific women. Why do you name her?
She is largely credited with originating the
tradition of courtly love, and putting women
on a pedestal. Her aim was to create a sense of
respect for women amongst the rowdy knights
(and company), who knew no such thing. It was
really quite a successful strategy, and helped
to create a whole literary tradition in the
process. Many descriptons of Arthur's Guinever
would seem to have been base on E de A.
Dr. Peter C. Montgomery
Dept. of English
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