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|1||Theology and narrative sources : an introduction||1|
|2||Life of St. Margaret of Scotland by her chaplain : a theology of inherited virtue and the redemption of childbirth||13|
|3||Life of St. Leoba by Rudolf of Saxony : a theology of church in mission||55|
|4||Baudonivia's life of St. Radegunde : a theology of power||105|
Posted January 22, 2009
The three medieval women theologians are St. Margaret of Scotland, St. Leoba of Saxony, and St. Radegunde of Gaul. Mayeski, a professor of historical theology at Loyola Marymount U. in Los Angeles, studies biographies of the three written by contemporaries of theirs for a comprehension of the relationship between the theological thoughts and teachings of the women saints and theological issues concerning the Catholic Church during their lifetimes. As the author finds, it is significant not only that the women were chosen as subjects by leading biographers of their age. But individuals were chosen for biographies because of their value in reinforcing the position of the Church and elucidating its doctrines. The biographies of the medieval women saints were meant to be instructive on theological matters and religious virtues. But while the women patently made a significant impression on their contemporaries, their theological contributions were not recognized in following eras of Church growth and theological development. By examining original biographical and historical sources, Mayeski persuasively makes the point that the three women theologians stood out as spiritual leaders to their contemporaries; and thus there was a greater feminine influence on the Church in its early period than is ordinarily recognized or acknowledged.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.