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The Bride of Christ Goes to Hell: Metaphor and Embodiment in the Lives of Pious Women, 200-1500
by Dyan Elliott
The early Christian writer Tertullian first applied the epithet bride of Christ to the uppity virgins of Carthage as a means of enforcing female obedience. Henceforth, the virgin as Christ's spouse was expected to manifest matronly modesty and due submission, hobbling virginity's ancient capacity to destabilize gender roles. In the early Middle Ages, the focus on virginity ...more
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published October 19th 2011 by University of Pennsylvania Press
(first published January 1st 2011)
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