Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 7649
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Gilchrist , Roberta.
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  • Title: Medieval Bodies in the Material World: Gender, Stigma, and the Body [ The author addresses two issues, one of which concerns the defining of the gendered female body through high status architecture. The author compares the spaces for women in castles with female monasteries. She finds segregation and enclosure in both with physical boundaries to control access. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: Framing Medieval Bodies.  Edited by Sarah Kay and Miri Rubin.  Manchester University Press, 1994.  Pages 43 - 61.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Archaeology Architecture- Religious Architecture- Secular Body Castles Domestic Space Ecclesiastical Space Gender Monastic Enclosure Monasticism Women's Quarters
  • Geographic Area: General
  • Century: General
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  • Illustrations: Four figures. Figure One Plan of Oxford Castle, Suffolk, a polygonal keep with six levels of accomodation. Figure Two Photograph of Helmsley Castle, North Yorkshire, from the south. Figure Three, Photograph of Pickering Castle, North Yorkshire. Countess Alice, wife of Earl Thomas of Lancaster, rebuilt the New Hall in 1314. She included a private pentice walkway leading from the Countess's private door to the west end of the chapel. Figure Four Plan of the women's monastery of Burnham Abbey, Berkshire with a diagram showing the levels of access of each room from the precinct. The most restricted space is the nuns' dormitory.
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  • Author's Affiliation: University of East Anglia, Norwich
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  • Year of Publication: 1994.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0719036151
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