New book looks at role of women in Carolingian society

History professor Valerie Garver knows that women faced challenges in the medieval world, but believes that they still played an important role in the world of Charlemagne. Garver's book, Women and Aristocratic Culture in the Carolingian World has been published by Cornell University Press.

Garver blames the scarcity of written sources on medieval women for the perception. “If you looked at just a few sources you would get that impression,” Garver said. “I looked at a much wider variety of sources. The information is very scattered.”