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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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.

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I think that makes me a geek. May 06, Walt rated it really liked it Shelves: This page was last edited on 30 Juneat The Carolingians and the Written Word. Oct 31, Siria rated it really liked it Shelves: In essence, it is a strong possibility, perhaps even likely, that Dhuoda sent all of these texts to her son in an effort to engage him in a fairly standard Carolingian educational program.

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Handbook for William Notes

The mother’s advice to her son is how to navigate the political waters of Dark Ages France. The Liber Manualis consists of seventy-three chapters as well as an introduction, invocation, and prologue.


She knew the Bible well, and was also dhhuoda to draw on patristic and Carolingian material.

Andrew rated it liked it Sep 14, This site uses cookies. Retrieved from ” https: The new issue is out and it has some good stuff. Very good article that I enjoyed tremendously.

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

Dhuoda’s work is the only one known to be written by a woman to survive from the Carolingian period. While he was there, Dhuoda sent him her Handbook.

Katherine rated it really liked it Oct 17, Miriam rated it really liked it Dec 10, Her book is a paperback reprint of a work published in hard covers some years ago, with the addition of new material at the end, where an exceptionally helpful Afterword engages hduoda some of the surprisingly large volume of relevant recent work and suggests ways in which it facilitates the reading of the text. What little we know of her life dyuoda from her book, the Liber Manualisor Manualwhich Dhuoda wrote for her elder dhuuoda, William, between and Unfortunately, Bernard was only reliable until Louis the Pious died in In fact, these texts embody the ideals of virtue and learning that Dhuoda herself held and wanted to impart to William.

George rated it liked it Nov 29, First weekend without having to go in to work in a month, some fresh well, maybe not so fresh eye-candy, an unexpectedly affordable edition willia a book I really want and some good articles so I can start to re-medievalize my brain — yesterday was a good day.


The voice which emerges is engaging, both modest and confident, and Carol Neel draws special attention to this tension between her self-deprecation and the boldness of her educative purpose. Jessiqa rated it it was ok Feb 04, Meredith rated it did not like it Oct 13, This, to me, is one of the most flr texts to survive from the Middle Ages.

Dhuoda herself mentions very little of him during this time. Contact Contact Us Help.

Open Preview See a Problem? Dhuoda wrote the Liber Manualis for her son William, whom she entreated to share the work with his younger brother when he became older.

Among the vast body of literature thrown up by the Carolingian Renaissance, few texts have the charm of this book of advice written by a mother to her son in the confused political situation which followed the death of Louis the Pious in