Medieval women, it turns out, were more like a well-seasoned stew: complex, flavorful, and simmering with unexpected potential. Toss out the tired tropes of silent nuns and dowry-driven drudgery, because recent historians are spicing things up with a fresh perspective.
Imagine a world where “solidarity” wasn't just a hashtag, but the very fabric of society. That's the medieval scene, where women, like men, weren't just cogs in the family machine, but individuals with agency and a voice. They weren't all locked in convents, praying for a miracle escape. In fact, some historians suggest these convents were more like bustling hubs, attracting “surplus women” (think: the original powerhouses) who sought independence and community.