Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Medieval Studies

First Advisor

Dr.Timothy Graham

Second Advisor

Dr. Carole A. Hough

Third Advisor

Dr. Deborah Deliyannis

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


My thesis discusses two related and highly significant points and then demonstrates the usefulness of a new methodology, in the form of place names. Firstly it elaborates the importance of presenting accurate women's history to both women and the historical profession as a whole and the necessity for making every attempt to explore any possible resource for accomplishing that goal.

Secondly it addresses the importance of language as an historical tool that can represent a very broad base of a past society in revealing the common cultural thoughts, morals, and ethics of the population within a specific area and time in the past.

Thirdly it shows what the place-name evidence from England can provide in a new interpretation of the status of women in Anglo-Saxon England.