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Includes bibliographical references (p. 205-218) and index.
'A widow of God'? : St. Anne and representations of widowhood in fifteenth-century Florence / Catherine Lawless -- Men, women and magic : some cases from late medieval Lucca / Christine Meek -- 'She was usually placed with the great men and leaders of the land in the public assemblies' : Alice Kyteler : a woman of considerable power / Bernadette Williams -- The gift of a lady : women as patrons in medieval Ireland / Elizabeth McKenna -- Women and the law in early modern Ireland / Mary O'Dowd -- Hidden pleasures : the representation of the prostitute in seventeenth-century Dutch painting / Sacha Fegan -- An unequal law : the enforcement of clausura before and after the Council of Trent / Francesca Medioli -- Repression or liberation? Notions of the body among the nuns of Port-Royal / Carol Baxter -- Writing motherhood in the reign of Louis XIV : some fictional and political representations / Susanne Reid -- Tragic ambiguities : gender and sovereignty in French classical drama / Derval Conroy.