Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 3584
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Elliott , Dylan.
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  • Title: Dress as Mediator Between Inner and Outer Self: The Pious Matron of the High and Later Middle ages [Clothing often served as a saint's way of signifying the discrepancy between her percieved social standing (according to secular values) and her own individual selfhood (one based on spiritual beliefs). For married female saints, clothing was an even more complex form of symbolism as it often thwarted the wife's expected subordination to her husband while also projecting an image of virginity which was at odds with a married social persona. During the later Middle Ages, clergy began to endorse efforts to restrict the clothing of laywomen in order to maintain husbands' supremacy over their pious wives. Title note supplied by Feminae.]
  • Source: Mediaeval Studies 53, ( 1991): Pages 279 - 308.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Authority Clothing Hagiography Lay Piety Marriage Social Class Spirituality Sumptuary Laws Virginity Wives Women in Religion
  • Geographic Area: General
  • Century: General
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  • Author's Affiliation: Indianna University
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  • Year of Publication: 1991.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 00765872
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