Manuscripts and Special Collections

Wives, Widows and Wimples: Women in The University of Nottingham's medieval collections

'Wives, Widows and Wimples' draws on our rich medieval collections.  The collections include stories of knights and their quests; works of learning and instruction in moral conduct; records of saints and of religious practice; and legal documents relating to landholding and marriage. They use the contemporary languages of English, French and Anglo-Norman as well as Latin. The influence of the church (the medieval Roman Catholic church) is evident throughout.

The resource is divided into twelve subject areas. Each area includes images, transcripts and translations of original material, with explananatory commentary placing the items in context.


Alternatively, you can browse the texts by collection, or browse a chronological timeline.


Terms of Use and Credits

This site was developed by Manuscripts and Special Collections at the University of Nottingham, and was published online in April 2010.  More about the project, the project team, and terms of use Heritage Lottery Fund logo

Manuscripts and Special Collections

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