On the Purification of Women: Churching in Northern France, 1100-1500by P. Rieder
Pub. Date: 06/16/2011
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
This book is a social history of the ritual and custom of churching, a liturgical rite of purification after childbirth performed on a woman's first visit to church after giving birth. The book describes the development of the rite from its original meaning as a response to blood pollution to its redefinition as a rite that honoured marriage.
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