Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 17791
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Karkov , Catherine E.
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  • Title: Broken Bodies and Singing Tongues: Gender and Voice in the Cambridge, Corpus Christi College 23 "Psychomachia" [The author argues that the Anglo-Saxon reader of the "Psychomachia" and the "Passio Sancti Romani" (also by Prudentius) was encouraged through text and illustrations to see the self as masculine and the body as feminine. Karkov notes that the Anglo-Saxon "Psychomachia" manuscripts were the first to depict the Virtues and Vices as primarily female, rather than the earlier practice of Virtues as male warriors and the Vices as monsters. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: Anglo-Saxon England 30, ( 2001): Pages 115 - 136.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Body Gender in Art Gender in Literature Hagiography Iconography Illumination of Manuscripts Latin Literature Literature- Verse Manuscripts Personification in Art Prudentius Aurelius Clemens, Poet- Passio Sancti Romani Prudentius, Aurelius Clemens, Poet- P
  • Geographic Area: British Isles
  • Century: 9-10
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  • Primary Evidence: Manuscript; Cambridge, Corpus Christi College 23. It is a luxury manuscript done by three scribes and one artist in the eleventh century. It may have been produced at Christ Church Canterbury for a lay patron.
  • Illustrations: Eight figures. Figure One Manuscript of "Fides" trampling "Veterum cultura deorum" from the "Psychomachia" (Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, MS lat. 8085, fol. 57r.)~~Figure Two Manuscript illustrations of "Fides" crowning the Virtues and "Pudicita" and "Libido", from the "Psychomachia" (London, British Library, Cotton Cleopatra C. viii, fol 7v.) Figure Three Manuscript illustration of "Fides" and "Veterum cultura deorum" (Cambridge, Corpus Christi College 23, fol. 4v.)~~Figure Four Manuscript illustration of "Ira" attacking "Patientia" (Cambridge, Corpus Christi College 23, fol. 10v.)~~Figure Five Manuscript illustration of "Ira's" suicide (Cambridge, Corpus Christi College 23, fol. 11r.)~~Figure Six Manuscript illustration of "Largitas" and "Auaritia" (Cambridge, Corpus Christi College 23, fol. 29v.)~~Figure Seven Manuscript illustration of "Discordia" dismembered (Cambridge, Corpus Christi College 23, fol. 35r.)~~Figure Eight Manuscript illustration of the death of "Libido" (Cambridge, Corpus Christi College 23, fol. 7r.)
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  • Year of Publication: 2001.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 02636751
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