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Reviews of Between Pit and Pedestal

“Echols and Williams, both scholars and editors, present a work of great benefit to students and general readers. A fascinating and highly readable survey, it synthesizes a wide range of current scholarship on an amazingly rich range of topics: beauty and fashion; parenting and childhood; work roles; women’s place in medicine, art, and religious life β€” to name just a few. Students will also be aided by the glossary, extensive bibliography, and useful appendixes. Readers will be intrigued by the chapters on witchcraft, medieval amusement, and sexual behavior, especially regarding the medieval attitudes toward homosexuality”β€”Library Journal

“A must read…Intriguing, compelling, and incisive,it provides a foundation for theories of Western womanhood to be built on.”–Small Press Magazine