Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 18096
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Winstead , Karen A.
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  • Title: Piety, Politics, and Social Commitment in Capgrave’s "Life of St. Katherine" [Capgrave radically changes old conventions of sacred biographies by creating a new saint’s life. Interested in political, historical, and personal frameworks for martyrdom, Capgrave explores the saint’s limitations as a human and examines how her earth-bound social status affects her public involvement in the secular world. This worldly shift in the representation of the female martyr protagonist reflects the poet’s need to appeal to bourgeois women who were the primary audience for saint’s lives and pious tales. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: Medievalia et Humanistica 17, ( 1991): Pages 59 - 80.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Bourgeoisie Capgrave, John, Author- Life of Saint Katherine Catherine of Alexandra, Martyr, Saint Exempla, Literary Genre Hagiography Lay Piety Literature- Verse Martyrs in Literature Politics in Literature Readers Social Roles in Literature Women in Lite
  • Geographic Area: British Isles
  • Century: 15
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  • Year of Publication: 1991.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 00766127
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