Women of the Gilte Legende: A Selection of Middle English Saints Lives

Women of the Gilte Legende: A Selection of Middle English Saints Lives

by Larissa Tracy
     
 

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The 'Gilte Legende' was widely read as a model for everyday life, including the education of women through examples set by early Christian martyrs. This book divides the lives of female saints into: the "ryght hooly virgins", who vocally defend their bodies against Roman persecution; "holy mothers", who give up their traditional role to pursue a life of

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The 'Gilte Legende' was widely read as a model for everyday life, including the education of women through examples set by early Christian martyrs. This book divides the lives of female saints into: the "ryght hooly virgins", who vocally defend their bodies against Roman persecution; "holy mothers", who give up their traditional role to pursue a life of contemplation; the "repentant sinners", who convert and voice their defiance against a society that demanded silence in women; and the "holy transvestites", who cast off their gender identity to find absolution and salvation. Their lives reach through the ages to speak to a modern audience, forcing a re-examination of women's roles in the medieval period.

LARISSA TRACY is Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at Georgetown University and George Mason University.

Series editor JANE CHANCE

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(The author) is to be commended for her effort to make these important and interesting legends accessible to a wider audience. ANGLIA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781843842996
Publisher:
Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date:
03/15/2012
Series:
Library of Medieval Women
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
155
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

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