Beschrijving van het leven en de sociale en politieke functies van Franse aristocratische vrouwen in de periode 11e-13e eeuw. Bevat de volgende bijdragen: Adela of Blois: familial alliances and female lordship / door Kimberly A. LoPrete: Aristocratic women in the Chartrain / door Amy Livingstone: Aristocratic women in the county of Champagne / door Theodore Evergates: Countesses as rulers in Flanders / door Karen S. Nicholas: Women, poets, and politics in Occitania / door Fredric L. Cheyette.
Exploration of how medieval people professed Christianity, how they performed gender and how the two coincided. The authors argue that many of the daily religious decisions people made were influenced by gender and that medieval Europeans chose how to be women or men, just as they decided whether and how to be religious.
This study in medieval imaginative theology examines the numerous daughters of God who appear in allegorical poems, theological fictions, and the visions of holy women. Newman advances questions as whether medieval writers believed in their goddesses and, if so, in what manner. She investigates whether the personifications encountered in poetic fictions can be distinguished from those that appear in religious visions and questions how medieval writers reconcile their statements about the multiple daughters of God with orthodox devotion to the Son of God. She examines why forms of feminine God-talk that strike many Christians today as subversive or heretical did not threaten medieval churchmen.
Onderzoek hoe 'het kijken' aspect functioneert binnen grotere verbanden van taal en verlangen. Allereerst worden de verschillende varianten van het verhaal van Lot uit het Oude Testament bekeken met behulp van de moderne 'gaze theory'ontwikkeld door Mulvey. Daarna zijn afbeeldingen van de kwelling van vrouwelijke heiligen afkomstig uit de Middeleeuwen op hun erotiserende werking onderzocht.
Description of structures and relations that medieval authors and record keepers did not address directly, either in order to minimize them or because they were so common as not to be worth mentioning. The author pays particular attention to the ways women and men experienced forms of opposite-sex union differently and to the implications for power relations between the genders. She describes legal and theological discussions that applied to all of Europe, and case studies of how unions operated in specific circumstances.
The author offers the history of a new type of religious women in the 12th and 13th century, so called anchoresses, who took up authoritative positions in society, living as public recluses in cells attached to the sides of churches.