Kate Ammerman schrieb:
> I am doing research on Celtic women; I would like to examine their roles
> before and after the introduction of Christianity. My hypothesis is that
> the rise of Christianity caused Celtic women to lose their status of
> equality (or near equality) to Celtic men.
And upon which facts do you base this hypothesis?
Lately, Tanja Wegner has argued quite to the contrary, that as far as
she can see from the Irish lawtexts, Christianity seems to have
improoved the status of women in Irish society in her Die Stellung der
keltischen Frau anhand altirischer Rechtstexte (Wiener keltologische
Schriften 1, Vienna 2001).
> Any books, articles, authors or facts of any sort on this subject would
> help me tremendously.
Well, I haven't heard of any serious diachronic research into the social
standing of women in Celtic societies lately, in fact, I think that
Celtic Studies is still missing to a large degree it's own approach to
According to my personal opinion, there is little indication for a
different status of women in Celtic societies since at least the late
Hallstatt period, and this also seems to be backed up by more recent
archaeological research (for instance Stefan Burmeister: Geschlecht,
Alter und Herrschaft in der Späthallstattzeit Württembergs. Tübinger
Schriften zur ur- und frühgeschichtlichen Archäologie 4, Münster 2000).
Anyway, I would be interested in hearing about Gender approaches to
Celtic Studies that have made it into published form lately...
All the best,
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