Household, Women, and Christianities: in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages by Anneke B Mulder-Bakker
Both as God's house and as the dwellings of his monastic and other followers, the history of the church is in part that of an institution conceived as a household. In recent years, secular life and lifestyles in late antiquity and the Middle Ages have been illuminated through renewed attention to the economic and social history of households, while scholarship on women has produced studies of the lives and the devotional reading of laywomen and women religious.This volume is a pioneering collection that unites study of the household with women's religious practices as a focus of enquiry. It moves beyond consideration of the church's roles in women's history to the impact of women's householding on the history of the church.
Acknowledgements ix List of Abbreviations x Household, Women, and Lived Christianity Anneke B. Mulder-Bakker Jocelyn Wogan-Browne 1 The Household and the Desert: Monastic and Biological Communities in the Lives of Melania the Younger Kate Cooper 11 'Oikos'-Ecclesiology' and 'Church Order' in Eastern Christianity Eva M. Synek 37 The Icon Corner in Medieval Byzantium Judith Herrin 71 Household and Empire: The Materfamilias as Miles Christi in the Anonymous Handbook for Gregoria Kate Cooper 91 Faith, Family, and Fortune: The Effect of Conversion on Women in Scandinavia Birgit Sawyer 109 Medieval Households Anneke B. Mulder-Bakker Jocelyn Wogan-Browne 125 'Our Steward, St Jerome': Theology and the Anglo-Norman Household Jocelyn Wogan-Browne 133 The Monastery as a Household within the Universal Household Else Marie Wiberg Pedersen 167 The Household as a Site of Civic and Religious Instruction: Two Household Books from Late Medieval Brabant Anneke B. Mulder-Bakker 191 The Bolton Hours of York: Female Domestic Piety and the Public Sphere Sarah Rees Jones Felicity Riddy 215