Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 31055
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Walsh , Christine
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  • Title: 'ERAT ABIGAIL MULIER PRUDENTISSIMA': Gilbert of Tournai and Attitudes to Female Sanctity in the Thirteenth Century
  • Source: Studies in Church History 47, ( 2011): Pages 171 - 180. Special issue: Saints and Sanctity.
  • Description: The author looks at differing interpretations of St. Catherine of Alexandria's life. In his sermon the Franciscan theologian, Gilbert of Tournai, emphasizes her humility and obedience to Christ and identifies her intellectual ability as a gift from God. Walsh contrasts this view with ideas about Saint Catherine from thirteenth century Beguines, religious women who lived in a variety of communities, often with more contact with the lay world than enclosed nuns had. They emphasized Catherine's learning and preaching as it related to their own roles as teachers and readers.
  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Beguines Catherine of Alexandria, Martyr, Saint in Literature Education Gilbert of Tournai, Theologian Hagiography Martyrs Sermons Women in Religion
  • Geographic Area: France
  • Century: 13
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  • Year of Publication: 2011.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 04242084
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