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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?
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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
Camosun College
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