This study is an exploration of lived religion and gender across the Reformation, from the 14th-18th centuries. Combining conceptual development with empirical history, the authors explore these two topics via themes of power, agency, work, family, sainthood and witchcraft.
By advancing the theoretical category of 'experience', Lived Religion and Gender reveals multiple femininities and masculinities in the intersectional context of lived religion. The authors analyse specific case studies from both medieval and early modern sources, such as secular court records, to tell the stories of both individuals and large social groups. By exploring lived religion and gender on a range of social levels including the domestic sphere, public devotion and spirituality, this study explains how late medieval and early modern people performed both religion and gender in ways that were vastly different from what ideologists have prescribed.
Lived Religion and Gender covers a wide geographical area in western Europe including Italy, Scandinavia and Finland, making this study an invaluable resource for scholars and students concerned with the history of religion, the history of gender, the history of the family, as well as medieval and early modern European history.
The Introduction of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license and is available here: https://tandfbis.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/rt-files/docs/Open+Access+Chapters/9781351003384_oaintroduction.pdf
Related collections and offers
About the Author
Sari Katajala-Peltomaa is Senior Research Fellow at the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in the History of Experiences at Tampere University, Finland. She specialises in late medieval hagiography and especially in canonisation processes. Her publications include Demonic Possession and Lived Religion in Later Medieval Europe (2020).
Raisa Maria Toivo is Professor at Tampere University and the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in the History of Experiences at Tampere University, Finland. She specialises in history of early modern religion, gender, family and court records. Her publications include Faith and Magic in Early Modern Finland (2016).
Table of Contents
List of figures vii
List of maps viii
Introduction to medieval and early modern experiences of gender and faith 1
Lived religion, lived gender 2
Experience: from lived reality to analytical category 11
Medieval and early modern Europe 14
The structure of the book 16
1 Lived religion and lived gender in family life 25
Saint Thomas' virgin in the tavern 25
Husband and wife 35
Married life in practice 39
The violent witch, his whoring sister-in-law and their grieving mother 45
Bad and holy mothers, caring and punishing fathers 49
Unprinted source material 58
Printed source material 58
2 Gender in public devotion 65
Making the private visible: pilgrimages 66
Manhood and masculinity as lived practice of religion 75
Lay people talking about religion 86
Unprinted source material 92
Printed source material 92
3 Spirituality, sinfulness and gender 97
Mother of God and other holy virgins: body and piety 98
The lay Marys: women religious 105
Vade diabolo - go to the Devil! 108
Demonology, witchcraft and gender 115
Sin and faith embodied 121
Unprinted source material 134
Printed source material 134
4 Conclusions: structures of experiencing gender and religion from the medieval to the early modern period 143