Gender and Holiness: Men, Women and Saints in Late Medieval Europe, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Gender and Holiness

Men, Women and Saints in Late Medieval Europe, 1st Edition

Edited by Sam Riches, Sarah Salih


216 pages

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This collection brings together two flourishing areas of medieval scholarship: gender and religion. It examines gender-specific religious practices and contends that the pursuit of holiness can destabilise binary gender itself. Though saints may be classified as masculine or feminine, holiness may also cut across gender divisions and demand a break from normally gendered behaviour. This work of interdisciplinary cultural history includes contributions from historians, art historians and literary critics and will be of interest not only to medievalists, but also to students of religion and gender in any period.


'That so many of these essays succeed in being purely provocative is a testament to the quality of the book.' - Reformation

Table of Contents

Introduction: Gender and Holiness: Performance and representation in the later Middle Ages 1. 'The Law of Sin that is in my Members': Problem of male embodiment 2. The Role of Patronage and Audience in the Cults of Sts Margaret and Marina of Antioch 3. Virginial Effects: Text and identity in Ancrene Wisse 4. Pain, Torture and Death in the Huntington Library 5. St George as a Virgin Martyr 6. Becoming a Virgin King: Richard II and Edward the Confessor 7. Female Piety and Impiety: Selected images of women in wall paintings in England after 1300 8. Staging Conversion: The Digby Saint plays and The Book of Margery Kempe 9. Gendering Charity in Medieval Hagiography 10. Ecce Homo

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Medieval Religion and Culture

This series presents developments and debates within the field of medieval religion and culture. It provides a broad range of case studies and theoretical perspectives, covering a variety of topics, theories and issues.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Medieval
RELIGION / General
RELIGION / History
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies