Feminine Sanctity in Medieval Wales

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This illuminating volume sheds light on the religious women of medieval Wales, drawing on a wide range of sources from saints’ lives and native poetry to holy wells and visual imagery. Feminine Sanctity and Spirituality in Medieval Wales explores the meanings, manifestations, and related iconography of feminine sanctity in a specifically Welsh context, including Welsh sources on the Virgin Mary, valuable insights into the history of Welsh nunneries, and commentary on some of the lesser-known Welsh women saints ...

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Overview

This illuminating volume sheds light on the religious women of medieval Wales, drawing on a wide range of sources from saints’ lives and native poetry to holy wells and visual imagery. Feminine Sanctity and Spirituality in Medieval Wales explores the meanings, manifestations, and related iconography of feminine sanctity in a specifically Welsh context, including Welsh sources on the Virgin Mary, valuable insights into the history of Welsh nunneries, and commentary on some of the lesser-known Welsh women saints such as Dwynwen and Tudful. Of interest to anyone working in the field of medieval Christendom and women’s studies, this volume draws powerful connections between Welsh source material and discoveries throughout England and Continental Europe.
 

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Diane Watt
“There is no equivalent study of female sanctity in Wales in the English language … [and this book] will make a real contribution to a number of debates in British, European and North American scholarship […]. The author now has an established reputation as the leading scholar (I would say in the world) in the field of female spirituality in medieval Wales.” –Professor Diane Watt, Department of English, University of Wales Aberystwyth
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Meet the Author

Jane Cartwright is lecturer in Welsh and Welsh Studies at the University of Wales, Lampeter. She has published widely on Welsh medieval themes in both Welsh and English.

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Table of Contents

Series Editors' Preface
Acknowledgements
List of Illustrations
Map of Wales showing key places mentioned in the text
Map of Brittany showing key places mentioned in the text
Abbreviations
Introduction
 
1  The Welsh Cult of the Virgin Mary
2  Dead Virgins: Feminine Sanctity in Medieval Wales
3  St Non: Rape, Sanctity and Motherhood in Welsh and Breton Hagiography
4  The Harlot and the Hostess: The Middle Welsh Lives of Mary Magdalene and her Sister Martha
Buched Seit y Katrin: The Middle Welsh Life of St Katherine of Alexandria and her Cult in Medieval Wales
6  The Desire to Corrupt: Convent and Community in Medieval Wales
 
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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