Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 14585
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Riches , Samantha J. E.
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  • Title: St. George as a Male Virgin Martyr [the author argues that Saint George's representation borrowed from the female virgin martyrs to establish his virginity as a third gender; stories and images also emphasized his chastity by his connection to the Virgin Mary and his defeat of sexualized dragons].
  • Source: Gender and Holiness: Men, Women, and Saints in Late Medieval Europe.  Edited by Samantha J. E. Riches and Sarah Salih.  Routledge, 2002.  Pages 65 - 85.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Gender George, Martyr and Saint Hagiography Iconography Martyrs Transgendered Practices Violence Virginity
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  • Geographic Area: General
  • Century: General
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  • Table: Six figures. Figure One "Saint George Tortured with Millstones," mid-seventeenth-century illustration of mid-fifteenth-century glass, formerly at St. George's Church, Stamford (Lincolnshire) (London, British Library, Add MS 71474, fol 158 )(William Dugdale's "Book of Monuments"). Figure Two "Saint George Threatened," desk-end of south side of quire, 1477- 1484 (Windsor Castle, St. George's Chapel). Figure Three "Saint George Dismembered and Boiled," desk-end of south side of quire, 1477-1484 (Windsor Castle, St. George's Castle). Figure Four "The Torture of Empress Alexandra," miniature from a mid-fifteenth-century German life of St. George (London, British Library, Add MS 19462, fol. 54). Figure Five "The Obeisance of Saint George Before the Virgin Mary," desk-end of south side of quire, 1477-1484 (Windsor Castle, St. George's Chapel). Figure Six "Saint George and the Dragon," from the fifteenth-century roodscreen at Somerleyton, Suffolk.
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  • Year of Publication: 2002.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0415258219