Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 3473
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): McNamara , Jo Ann.
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  • Title: The "Herrenfrage" : The Restructuring of the Gender System, 1050-1150
  • Source: Medieval Masculinities: Regarding Men in the Middle Ages.  Edited by Clare A. Lees with the assistance of Thelma Fenster and Jo Ann McNamaraMedieval Cultures, 7.  University of Minnesota Press, 1994.  Pages 3 - 29.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Celibacy Gender Masculinity Misogyny Monasticism Sexuality
  • Geographic Area: General
  • Century: 11-12
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  • Abstract: Between 1050 and 1150, led by a "reformed" church, European civilization passed through a critical stage of developement to form the patterns and institutions that have characterized it ever since. The gender system of the first millennium had been basically syneisactic. Though universally viewed as inferior to men, women had acted as their helpers and even surrogates in every area of life. In the second, women would be systematically excluded from institutions and professions formed and occupied by the celibate clergy. An intense campaign of misogyny helped segregate women from most areas of public life and condemned the men who cooperated with them as heretics. [abstract submitted by the author to the Medieval Feminist Index.]
  • Author's Affiliation: Hunter College
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  • Year of Publication: 1994.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0816624259
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