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  • Title: Owe armiu phaffheite: Heinrich von Melk's Views on Clerical Life [The poet Heinrich von Melk criticizes priests for their unworthy behavior. They try to justify their wives and concubines, but they will be punished in the afterlife. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: Medieval Purity and Piety: Essays on Medieval Clerical Celibacy and Religious Reform.  Edited by Michael FrassettoGarland Medieval Casebooks Series.  Garland Publishing, 1998.  Pages 337 - 352.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Celibacy in Literature Clergy- Sexual Behavior Heinrich von Melk, Poet Lay Piety Literature- Verse
  • Geographic Area: Germany
  • Century: 12
  • Related Resources: Celibacy is not just a device, however, by which clerical institutions maintain power in society. Francis G. Gentry offers one of the few literary perspectives in this volume, in "Owe armiu phaffheite: Heinrich's von Melk Views on the Clerical Life." Hein
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  • Year of Publication: 1998.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0815324308
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