Proving Woman: Female Spirituality and Inquisitional Culture in the Later Middle Ages / Edition 1

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"In this provocative and forceful book, Dyan Elliott considers the impact of an institutional procedure on the phenomena it was used to assess. Proving Woman examines sacramental confession, the inquisition of heretics, and the discernment of spirits as parallel cases of a growing medieval concern with the "proving" of spirituality, especially that of women, by an increasingly skeptical clergy. Elliott carefully sifts through primary sources in diverse genres, including many little-known texts, in her characteristically sharp and lucid prose."—Barbara Newman, Northwestern University

"Elliott has written a very smart book; it is complex, subtle and challenging, and an important work of scholarship."—Penelope D. Johnson, New York University

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Editorial Reviews

American Historical Review - John Coakley
By revealing the importance of gender-related issues where we had not seen them, [Dyan Elliot] presents that familiar picture in a new, indeed unfamiliar, light.
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Winner of the 2006 Otto Grundler Award, Western Michigan University, The Medieval Institute

Finalist for the 2005 Philip Schaff Prize, The American Society of Church History

"By revealing the importance of gender-related issues where we had not seen them, [Dyan Elliot] presents that familiar picture in a new, indeed unfamiliar, light."—John Coakley, American Historical Review

American Historical Review
By revealing the importance of gender-related issues where we had not seen them, [Dyan Elliot] presents that familiar picture in a new, indeed unfamiliar, light.
— John Coakley
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691118604
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 3/29/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dyan Elliott is Professor of History and Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University. She is the author of "Spiritual Marriage: Sexual Abstinence in Medieval Wedlock" (Princeton) and "Fallen Bodies: Pollution, Sexuality, and Demonology in the Middle Ages."
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Abbreviations xi
Introduction 1
Sacramental Confession as Proof of Orthodoxy 9
Women as Proof of Orthodoxy
The Beguines: A Sponsored Emergence 47
Elisabeth of Hungary: Between Men 85
Inquisitions and Proof
Sanctity, Heresy, and Inquisition 119
Between Two Deaths: The Living Mystic 180
The Discernment of Spirits
Clerical Quibbles 233
John Gerson and Joan of Arc 264
Bibliography 305
Index 333

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