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I - Patrons, Owners, Writers, and Readers in England and Europe

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 July 2023

Corinne Saunders
Durham University
Diane Watt
University of Surrey
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Women and Medieval Literary Culture
From the Early Middle Ages to the Fifteenth Century
, pp. 25 - 80
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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Dockray-Miller, Mary (2015). The Books and the Life of Judith of Flanders, Burlington, VT: Ashgate.Google Scholar
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