Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 1898
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Arnold , John H.
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  • Title: The Labour of Continence: Masculinity and Clerical Virginity [The author looks at three narratives concerned in part with clerical chastity: "Jewel of the Church" by Gerald of Wales, Jacob of Voragine's "Golden Legend," and Caesarius of Heisterbach's "Dialogue on Miracles." Arnold identifies four different tropes in overcoming sexual temptations including divine intervention to remove the male saint's desire. In most cases though male chastity required vigilance and willpower because masculinity itself was flawed in its inclination toward temptation. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: Medieval Virginities.  Edited by Anke Bernau, Ruth Evans, and Sarah Salih.  Religion and Culture in the Middle Ages series. University of Wales Press; University of Toronto Press, 2003.  Pages 102 - 118.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Asceticism Body Caesarius von Heisterbach, Author Chastity Clergy- Sexual Behavior Giraldus Cambrensis, Historian Hagiography Jacob of Voragine, Archbishop of Genoa- Legenda Aurea Male Sexuality Masculinity Virginity
  • Geographic Area: General
  • Century: 12-13
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  • Author's Affiliation: Birkbeck College, London
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  • Year of Publication: 2003.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0802089607
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