100 Best Books About Women in Medieval and Renaissance Europe


The list was compiled based on votes from the Goodreads community

1. The Wives of Henry VIII by Antonia Fraser

2. The Book of the City of Ladies by Christine de Pizan

3. The Life of Elizabeth I by Alison Weir

4. The Wife of Bath by Geoffrey Chaucer

5. The Lais of Marie de France by Marie de France

6. The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir

7. The Heptameron by Marguerite de Navarre

8. The Letters of Abélard and Héloïse by Héloïse d’Argenteuil

9. Katherine Swynford: The Story of John of Gaunt and His Scandalous Duchess by Alison Weir

10. Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life by Alison Weir

11. The Warrior Queens by Antonia Fraser

12. Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw

13. The Book of Margery Kempe by Margery Kempe

14. Mary Queen of Scots by Antonia Fraser

15. Isabella: She-Wolf of France, Queen of England by Alison Weir

16. Elizabeth: The Struggle for the Throne by David Starkey

17. The Tigress of Forlì: Renaissance Italy’s Most Courageous and Notorious Countess, Caterina Riario Sforza de Medici by Elizabeth Lev

18. The Sisters Who Would Be Queen by Leanda de Lisle

19. Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII by David Starkey

20. Revelations of Divine Love by Julian of Norwich

21. Lucrezia Borgia by Maria Bellonci

22. Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Biography by Marion Meade

23. Eleanor of Aquitaine and the Four Kings by Amy Kelly

24. The Weaker Vessel by Antonia Fraser

25. Four Queens: The Provençal Sisters Who Ruled Europe by Nancy Goldstone

26. Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens by Jane Dunn

27. Scivias by Hildegard of Bingen

28. The Life of Saint Teresa of Ávila by Herself by Teresa of Ávila

29. Women’s Lives in Medieval Europe: A Sourcebook by Emilie Amt

30. Women in the Middle Ages by Frances Gies

31. Joan of Arc by Jules Michelet

32. Holy Feast and Holy Fast: The Religious Significance of Food to Medieval Women by Caroline Walker Bynum

33. Women of the Twelfth Century, Vol 1: Eleanor of Aquitaine and Six Others by Georges Duby

34. The Vision of Christine de Pizan by Christine de Pizan

35. Illuminations of Hildegard of Bingen by Hildegard of Bingen

36. Women and Gender in Medieval Europe: An Encyclopedia by Margaret Schaus

37. She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth by Helen Castor

38. Who Cooked the Last Supper?: The Women’s History of the World by Rosalind Miles

39. Divorced, Beheaded, Survived: A Feminist Reinterpretation of the Wives of Henry VIII by Karen Lindsey

40. Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France by Leonie Frieda

41. Marie Stuart by Stefan Zweig

42. The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn by Eric Ives

43. The Lady in Medieval England 1000–1500 by Peter R. Coss

44. My Heart is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots by John Guy

45. Catherine of Siena: The Dialogue by Catherine of Siena

46. Hrotsvit of Gandersheim: A Florilegium of Her Works by Hrotsvitha

47. The Book of the Rewards of Life: Liber Vitae Meritorum by Hildegard of Bingen

48. The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn by Alison Weir

49. Woman Defamed and Woman Defended: An Anthology of Medieval Texts by Alcuin Blamires

50. Hadewijch: The Complete Works by Hadewijch

51. Artemisia Gentileschi: The Image Of The Female Hero In Italian Baroque Art by Mary D. Garrard

52. Empress Matilda: Queen Consort, Queen Mother and Lady of the English by Marjorie Chibnall

53. Elizabeth’s Women: Friends, Rivals, and Foes Who Shaped the Virgin Queen by Tracy Borman

54. Medieval Women by Eileen Power

55. Mary Tudor: Princess, Bastard, Queen by Anna Whitelock

56. Hildegard Of Bingen: Mystical Writings (Crossroad Spirtual Classics Series) by Hildegard of Bingen

57. Interior Castle by Teresa of Ávila

58. Hildegard von Bingen’s Physica: The Complete English Translation of Her Classic Work on Health and Healing by Hildegard of Bingen

59. Collected Works by Elizabeth I

60. Elizabeth I by Anne Somerset

61. The Ties That Bound: Peasant Families in Medieval England by Barbara A. Hanawalt

62. Lucrezia Borgia: Life, Love, and Death in Renaissance Italy by Sarah Bradford

63. Margaret Beaufort: Mother of the Tudor Dynasty by Elizabeth Norton

64. Marguerite Porete: The Mirror of Simple Souls by Marguerite Porete

65. The Honest Courtesan: Veronica Franco, Citizen and Writer in Sixteenth-Century Venice by Margaret F. Rosenthal

66. Queen Elizabeth I by J.E. Neale

67. Women in Early Medieval Europe, 400 1100 by Lisa M. Bitel

68. History of Women in the West, Volume III: Renaissance and the Enlightenment Paradoxes by Georges Duby

69. Women and Writing in Medieval Europe: A Sourcebook by Carolyne Larrington

70. Travels with a Medieval Queen by Mary Taylor Simeti

71. Women in Medieval Europe: 1200–1500 by Jennifer Ward

72. Becoming Visible: Women in European History by Renate Bridenthal

73. The Nine Days Queen: A Portrait of Lady Jane Grey by Mary M. Luke

74. Mary Tudor: A Life by David Loades

75. Joan of Arc: The Image of Female Heroism by Marina Warner

76. Vision: The Life and Music of Hildegard Von Bingen (Book + CD) by Jane Bobko

77. Hildegard of Bingen: The Woman of Her Age by Fiona Maddocks

78. The Virgin Queen: Elizabeth I, Genius of the Golden Age by Christopher Hibbert

79. The Deadly Sisterhood: A Story of Women and Power in Renaissance Italy by Leonie Frieda

80. Fragmentation and Redemption: Essays on Gender and the Human Body in Medieval Religion by Caroline Walker Bynum

81. The Writings of Julian of Norwich: A Vision Showed to a Devout Woman and a Revelation of Love by Nicholas Watson

82. The Alexiad by Anna Comnena

83. The Pope’s Daughter: The Extraordinary Life of Felice della Rovere by Caroline P. Murphy

84. Sofonisba Anguissola: A Renaissance Woman by Sylvia Ferino-Pagden

85. Vittoria Colonna: A Woman’s Renaissance; An Approach to Her Life and to Herself by Maria Musiol

86. The Writings of Medieval Women: An Anthology by Marcelle Thiebaux

87. A History of Women: Silences of the Middle Ages (History of Women in the West, Vol 2) by Georges Duby

88. Blood Sisters: The Women Behind The War Of The Roses by Sarah Gristwood

89. The Sisters of Henry VIII: The Tumultuous Lives of Margaret of Scotland and Mary of France by Maria Perry

90. Catherine of Aragon: The Spanish Queen of Henry VIII by Giles Tremlett

91. Eleanor of Castile: Queen and Society in Thirteenth-Century England by John C. Parsons

92. Women in the Viking Age by Judith Jesch

93. Medieval Women: A Social History of Women in England 450–1500 by Henrietta Leyser

94. Tudor Women: Queens & Commoners by Alison Plowden

95. A History of Their Own: Women in Europe from Prehistory to the Present Volume I by Bonnie S. Anderson

96. Women In Anglo Saxon England by Christine E. Fell

97. Alone of All Her Sex: The Myth and the Cult of the Virgin Mary by Marina Warner

98. The Worth of Women: Wherein Is Clearly Revealed Their Nobility and Their Superiority to Men by Moderata Fonte

99. Women in Early Modern England 1550–1720 by Sara Mendelson

100. Saint Joan of Arc by Vita Sackville-West


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