The Good Women of the Parish: Gender and Religion After the Black Death

The Good Women of the Parish: Gender and Religion After the Black Death

by Katherine L. French
     
 

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French argues that medieval laywomen both coped with the chaotic changes following the plague and justified their own changing behavior by participating in local religion. Through active engagement in the parish church, the basic unit of public worship, women promoted and validated their own interests and responsibilities.

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French argues that medieval laywomen both coped with the chaotic changes following the plague and justified their own changing behavior by participating in local religion. Through active engagement in the parish church, the basic unit of public worship, women promoted and validated their own interests and responsibilities.

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"Contains a wealth of interesting detail, much of it culled from those churchwardens' account that had begun to be kept in the fourteenth century. Women themselves might act as churchwardens, but as French makes abundantly clear throughout her book, such a role was only one among many that women in the late English medieval parish might exercise. French may not with to argue that the Reformation was 'bad' for women, but she does make it clear that thereafter women had to learn—the phrase is hers—quite a new 'vocabulary of piety.'"—Journal of British Studies

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812201963
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date:
02/12/2013
Series:
Middle Ages Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
File size:
3 MB

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