Wednesday, January 08, 2003

The Lamentations of Matheolus

The Lamentations of Matheolus

While married men necessarily know very little about women, Matheolus struggles through his bitterness to reveal more than enough of the truth about women, at the same time as serving as a warning to us all . . .

[The following short extracts are from Le Fèvre's translation (c. 1371-2) of a subtle poem, the Liber lamentationum Matheoluli, written around 1295 by Mathieu of Boulogne (via a recent translation from Le Fèvre's by Karen Pratt, in Woman Defamed and Woman Defended: An Anthology of Medieval Texts, Oxford University Press, 1992)]


Dominating Clock

The Winning Sophistry of Wives

Woman Over Wisdom

Living with a Basilisk

”Jangling” Woman

The Free-wheeling Widow

Bedroom Politics

Women and Lechery

In Defence of Anti-feminism

Mother of Calamity

Monstrous Woman

Termination of the Female Sex