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Sex, Gender, and Episcopal Authority in an Age of Reform, 1000-1122
     

Sex, Gender, and Episcopal Authority in an Age of Reform, 1000-1122

by Megan McLaughlin
 

ISBN-10: 0521870054

ISBN-13: 9780521870054

Pub. Date: 05/31/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The eleventh and early twelfth centuries were a period of intense debate over ecclesiastical reform in western Europe. This book examines the debates from a new perspective, exploring the ways in which contemporary political writers conveyed messages about 'public' life through textual and sometimes visual images of the 'private' life of the Church. It argues that

Overview

The eleventh and early twelfth centuries were a period of intense debate over ecclesiastical reform in western Europe. This book examines the debates from a new perspective, exploring the ways in which contemporary political writers conveyed messages about 'public' life through textual and sometimes visual images of the 'private' life of the Church. It argues that the images they used - of bishops as husbands of their sees, of the laity as the sons of Mother Church, and of the pope as father of bishops - were shaped not only by intellectual and ritual traditions, but also by contemporary ideas about sexuality and gender. Megan McLaughlin reveals that the boundaries between the 'public' and the 'private' were extremely fluid in the central middle ages - both because of both the realities of political life in that period and the changing nature of life within European households.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521870054
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/31/2010
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The reform of marriage; 2. The Bride of Christ; 3. The ambiguities of motherhood; 4. The Mother of the Faithful; 5. Fathers and sons; 6. Fathers in the spirit; Conclusion: the stumbling block.

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