Christina Of Markyate

Christina Of Markyate

by Samuel Fanous
     
 

Samuel Fanous and Henrietta Leyser present a vivid interdisciplinary study devoted to the life, work and extant vita of Christina of Markyate, which draws on research from a wide range of disciplines.

This fascinating and comprehensive collection surveys the life of an extraordinary medieval woman. Christina of Markyate made a vow of chastity at an early

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Samuel Fanous and Henrietta Leyser present a vivid interdisciplinary study devoted to the life, work and extant vita of Christina of Markyate, which draws on research from a wide range of disciplines.

This fascinating and comprehensive collection surveys the life of an extraordinary medieval woman. Christina of Markyate made a vow of chastity at an early age, against the wishes of her parents who intended her to marry. When forced into wedlock, she fled in disguise and went into hiding, receiving refuge in a network of hermitages. Christina became a religious recluse and eventually founded a priory of nuns attached to St. Albans.

Beautifully illustrated, this book provides students who regularly encounter Christina with a research compendium from which to begin their studies, and introduces Christina to a wider audience.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415308588
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/16/2004
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

1Christina of Markyate : the introduction1
2Christina of Markyate : the literary background12
3St. Albans and women's monasticism : lives and their foundations in Christina's world25
4Christina of Markyate and the double crown53
5The unknown pilgrim : drama and romance in the Life of Christina of Markyate79
6The loves of Christina of Markyate99
7The marriages of Christina of Markyate116
8Ranulf Flambard and Christina of Markyate138
9Dining at Markyate with Lady Christina143
10Alternative intimacies : men, women and spiritual direction in the twelfth century160
11Christina's tempting : sexual desire and women's sanctity184
12The St. Albans Psalter : the abbot and the anchoress197
13The Life of St. Alexis, 475-1125217
14Christina of Markyate and the hermits and anchorites of England229
List of sites and hermits239

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