DHUODA HANDBOOK FOR WILLIAM PDF

Handbook for William has 55 ratings and 5 reviews. Siria said: This, to me, Handbook for William: A Carolingian Woman’s Counsel for Her Son by Dhuoda. Handbook for William: A Carolingian Woman’s Counsel for Her. Son, by Dhuoda (review). John Moorhead. Parergon, Volume 17, Number 2, January , pp. Handbook for William: a Carolingian woman’s counsel for her son / by Dhuoda ; translated and with an introduction and afterword by Carol Neel Dhuoda.

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Lists with This Book. Oct 31, Siria rated it really liked it Shelves: This, to me, jandbook one of the most heartbreaking texts to survive from the Middle Ages.

Hanxbook for William is the only text to survive from the Carolingian period that we know to have been written by a woman. Dhuoda, a noblewoman separated from her husband and much loved children, wrote this little guide for her son to instruct him in righteous living.

It is not a narrative; that, combined with Dhuoda’s love of acrostics and numerology can make her text a little opaque for the modern reader. Yet This, to me, is one of the most heartbreaking texts to survive from the Middle Ages. Yet the Handbook gives us access to the unhindered voice of a ninth-century woman: The context which Flr Neel provides in the introduction is what makes this all the more touching—Dhuoda was likely hxndbook reunited with her children, and the eponymous William was executed in his early twenties.

Jan 21, Michael Spires rated it liked it Shelves: An interesting glimpse into the world of the middle ninth century, through the eyes of a noblewoman writing a book of advice for her teen-aged son since he had been called away from her to serve as a hostage at the imperial court against his father’s good willam.

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Although Dhuoda’s advice to her son is more spiritual than secular, there is plenty of the latter to go around–and many of the examples Dhuoda puts in for her son can be read as criticisms of the behavior of the high and mighty at co An interesting glimpse into the world of the middle ninth century, through the eyes of a noblewoman writing a book of advice for her teen-aged son since he had been called away from her to serve as a hostage at the imperial court against his father’s good behavior.

Although Dhuoda’s advice to her son is more spiritual than secular, there is plenty of the latter to go around–and many of the examples Dhuoda puts in for her son can be read as criticisms of the behavior of the high and mighty at court, particularly the three sons of the handbooi Charlemagne. Although it is not clear whether Dhuoda wrote this book herself or dictated it to someone else, it is nevertheless a work of considerable erudition and speaks very highly of the level of education at the imperial court, even among the laity.

Also notable, despite the heavy concentration on the spiritual well-being of her son, is Dhuoda’s conviction that the lay state, and everyday secular activities, could have positive value.

Handbook for William: A Carolingian Woman’s Counsel for Her Son by Dhuoda

This is an attitude that is sadly rare even today in Catholic theology, and was far hanrbook common in earlier times. May 06, Walt rated it really liked it Shelves: This is an interesting book in league with “the Prince. The mother’s advice to her son is how to navigate the political waters of Dark Ages France.

The easy-to-read book is an excellent description of daily life for the nobility. Let me emphasize that the nobility of this era were not those of the High Middle Ages with fairy tale castles and shinning armor.

These people were more of an equivolent of an “upper middle class” in t This is an interesting book in league with “the Prince.

These people were more of an equivolent of an “upper middle class” in terms of income, luxuries, education, and legal rights.

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Feb 09, Jordan rated it liked it Shelves: Other fascinating points are ror shows just how much of an emphasis the Carolingian Court really did place on learning, which is evidenced by the works of people such as Alcuin, but it’s still interesting to see it from an in context primary source perspective. Apr 03, Anna added it Shelves: A Carolingian woman wrote this handbook of counsel for her teenage son, about how to be morally upright, successful among his peers, etc.

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