It has often been said that women are hidden from history because it is, in the main, only men who figure prominently in historical narratives. So my post today contains images of Medieval women at their daily work – spinning wool. The modern term ‘spinster’ comes from this medieval female occupation but it is now used when referring to an unmarried woman.
The pictures below are all from Raymund of Peñafort’s Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the ‘Smithfield Decretals’) (France, Last quarter of the 13th century or 1st quarter of the 14th century), © British Library Board.
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