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Forgetful of Their Sex: Female Sanctity and Society, ca. 500-1100
In this remarkable study of over 2,200 female and male saints, Jane Schulenburg explores women's status and experience in early medieval society and in the Church by examining factors such as family wealth and power, patronage, monasticism, virginity, and motherhood. The result is a unique depiction of the lives of these strong, creative, independent-minded women who achie...more
Paperback, 595 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by University Of Chicago Press
(first published 1998)
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Aug 06, 2011 Siria rated it 4 of 5 stars
This weighty book is the product of 25 years of research into early medieval female sanctity by Schulenburg. She analysed more than 2000 vitae (biographies of saints, usually written in Latin) in terms of family connection, power, patronage, virginity and motherhood in order to explore women's status and experience in the church in early medieval France, Belgium, Britain and Ireland. Schulenberg argues that the period from roughly 650-750 was favourable for powerful religious women, but that the...more