Originally posted on The Bohemian Rock Star's "Untitled Project":
Unique perspectives on female characters in 13th/14th century art and literature
The perception of females throughout visual art and literature is something that has always been, and most likely always will be, criticized heavily. With a large portion of art being influenced by religious text/morals/beliefs and conservative ideals (which was probably attributed to said religious feelings to an extent), it is few and far between that we witness pieces of visual art or secular texts that portray women in a relatively modern light. Two pieces that do this are The Wife of Bath’s Tale (and prologue) within Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales and the statue Elevation of Mary Magdalene housed within St. John’s Cathedral in Torun, Poland.
The Canterbury Tales was believed to be written by Chaucer across the course of his lifetime…
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