Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 46684
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Neyra , Andrea Vanina,
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  • Title: The Silence of the Night Interrupted: Diana and Her Company of Women According to Bishop Burchard of Worms: Considerations on the Practical Usefulness of the Corrector sive medicus
  • Source: Sacri canones editandi: Studies on Medieval Canon Law in Memory of Jirí Kejr.   Edited by Pavel Otmar Kraft.  Reprocentrum, 2017.  Pages 40 - 63.
  • Description: The belief that the Roman goddess Diana led the women going to the witches' Sabbath entered canon law in the writings of Regino of Prüm and Burchard of Worms. The latter added Herodias as a leader of those women. However, when he included that text in his treatment of superstitions, Burchard imposed light penances on women who reported this. He was treating the text as describing illusions, not realities.
  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Burchard I, Bishop of Worms Canon Law Diana (Mythological Figure) Herodias (Biblical Figure) Penance Regino, Abbot of Prum Supernatural Witches
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  • Geographic Area: Germany
  • Century: 11
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  • Author's Affiliation: Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas
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  • Year of Publication: 2017.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 9788027020980