women were often better educated than is generally supposed- at
least in the higher merchant classes and the noble classes. Famous
woman writer, Christine de Pisan's target audience was other woman.
Her books were feminist morality tales which often features allegorical
characters like Justice.
Another two well-known pieces of literature are How the Goodwife
Taught Her Daughter and Les Mesnagier de Paris, better
known as The Goodman of Paris, which was written in 1393
as an instruction manual from an older nobleman for his young
fifteen year old bride. This indicated that the young bride was
literate enough to be able to read it, even at fifteen. It was
intended to be studied and referred to.
Many religious books were commissioned especially for women- Books
of Hours and Prayer Books which were usually beautifully illuminated
with bright colours and gold leaf.
Other books of poetry and tales of
romance like Lancelot and Guinevere were also intended
for a female audience.