Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 16872
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Lee , Becky R.
  • Contributor(s):
  • Title: Men's Recollections of a Women's Rite: Medieval English Men's Recollections Regarding the Rite of the Purification of Women after Childbirth
  • Source: Gender and History 14, 2 (August 2002): Pages 224 - 241.
  • Description:
  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Childbirth Churching Fathers Gender Gentry Men Man Woman Relationships Memory Noble Men Patriarchy Proof of Age Inquests Ritual Purity
  • Geographic Area: British Isles
  • Century: 13- 14- 15
  • Related Resources:
  • Primary Evidence:
  • Illustrations:
  • Table:
  • Abstract: This study examines the recollections of medieval English men, found in proof-of-age inquests, regarding their participation in the rite of the purification of women after childbirth. Because the rite of purification was reserved to women, scant attention has been paid to how this rite and the customs surrounding it played in the lives of medieval men. These men's recollections situate postpartum purification within the festivities celebrating the birth of a man's heir. For them, it is a public event celebrating paternity and lineage, and a forum for the negotiation of social relationships. [Reproduced by permission of Blackwell Publishers. Notice: The abstract is under copyright and may not be reproduced without permission.].
  • Author's Affiliation:
  • Conference Info: - , -
  • Year of Publication: 2002.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 09535233
  • Material/Technique :
  • Rights: