This exhibition features more than fifty books from the late Middle Ages to the beginning of the twentieth century that were written, produced, owned, or inspired by women. Selected from Bridwell Library’s Special Collections, the exhibited books present contemporary evidence of the important roles that women of all callings – saints, queens, heroines, authors, printers, artists, mothers, and daughters – have played within the history of book production and readership. Together, the stories told by these books offer fascinating insights into the diverse personalities of individual women in Europe and the Americas during past centuries.


Women of the Middle Ages Women of the Reformation Era
Early Women Printers
Women of the Renaissance  

  Printers, Illustrators, and Scribes, 17th–19th Centuries Americans of the 17th and 18th Centuries British Writers of the 18th and 19th Centuries Book Illustrators and Binders, Late 19th–Early 20th Centuries Americans of the 19th and 20th Centuries