Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 43725
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Bailey , Anne E.,
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  • Title: The Female Condition: Gender and Deformity in High-Medieval Miracle Narratives
  • Source: Gender and History 32, 2 ( 2021): Pages 427 - 447.
  • Description:
  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Body Disabled Gender Medicine Miracles
  • Award Note: Feminae Article of the Month, March 2022.
  • Geographic Area: British Isles ; France
  • Century: 11- 12
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  • Abstract: This article explores the intersection of medicine, religion and gender within the context of miracle narratives compiled in England and France in the High Middle Ages. Women in miracle accounts have much to tell us about medieval ideas of gendered sickness and health, yet this is an area which has received little scholarly attention. Focusing on stories of female deformity and disfigurement, it is argued that sickness has a feminising effect on women's bodies in these sources, but proposed that symptoms of excess femininity were not always seen as the spiritual hindrance that might be expected. [Reproduced from the journal page on the Wiley Online Library website: https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-0424.12519]
  • Author's Affiliation: Faculty of History, University of Oxford
  • Conference Info: - , -
  • Year of Publication: 2021.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 00161071 (print); 15275493 (online)