Women at the Table: Three Medieval Theologians

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Although Often Missing in Official Documents, Women of Medieval times exercised power and voice in the theological discussions around them. Women at the Table analyzes the biographies of three saints as genuine theological sources, acknowledging the roles these women played, not only in the creation of these texts (as subject, author, source, or commissioner), but also as a legitimate part of the Church's tradition. Mayeski asserts that medieval hagiography, often neglected in theological scholarship, was a vital...
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Overview

Although Often Missing in Official Documents, Women of Medieval times exercised power and voice in the theological discussions around them. Women at the Table analyzes the biographies of three saints as genuine theological sources, acknowledging the roles these women played, not only in the creation of these texts (as subject, author, source, or commissioner), but also as a legitimate part of the Church's tradition. Mayeski asserts that medieval hagiography, often neglected in theological scholarship, was a vital theological genre for early Christian theologians, and that treating them as such brings forth the lives of these women, their voices, and the transitioning Church around them.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814658291
  • Publisher: Glazier, Michael, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Pages: 159
  • Product dimensions: 6.74 (w) x 8.38 (h) x 0.17 (d)

Table of Contents

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
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  • Posted January 22, 2009

    Influential women saints in medieval theology

    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.

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