Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 7879
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Muir , Carolyn Diskant.
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  • Title: Bride or Bridegroom? Masculine Identity in Mystic Marriages [The author briefly examines two cases, those of Heinrich Seuse and Saint Hermann Joseph. Muir argues that men were less likely to report mystic marriage than women, but they had a wider range of experiences. Most notably they took on both masculine and feminine identities simultaneously. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: Holiness and Masculinity in the Middle Ages.  Edited by P. H. Cullum and Katherine J. Lewis.  Religion and Culture in the Middle Ages Series. University of Wales Press, 2004.  Pages 58 - 78.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Art History- Painting Bride of Christ, Image of Gender Heinrich Seuse, Mystic Hermann Joseph, Saint Illumination of Manuscripts Male Mystics Mary, Virgin, Saint Masculinity Wisdom, Theological Virtue
  • Geographic Area: Germany
  • Century: 12-13
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  • Illustrations: Five figures. Figure one Manuscript illumination of Seuse with friars and an angel. He is crowned with a garland of roses and stands in a swayig pose typical of female figures in Gothic art (Strasbourg, Bibliothèque nationale et Universitaire de Strasbourg, MS 2.929, Fol. 28r). Figure Two Woodcut of Heinrich Seuse kneeling before the figure of Eternal Wisdom, circa 1470-1480. This image shows none of the feminine characteristics in Figure One (Nuremberg, Germanisches Nationalmuseum). Figure Three Manuscript illumination of the spiritual marriage of Sapentia and the Disciple, "Horloge de Sapience" (Brussels, Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique, MS IV, III, fol. 127v). Figure Four Woodcut of Seuse and other figures sheltering under the cloak of Eternal Wisdom. In this case Eternal Wisdom is a bearded male figure. "The Exemplar," Anton Sorg, Augsburg, 1482 (Einsiedeln, Stiftsbibliothek, Inc. 447, fol. 89r). Figure five Manuscript illumination of Seuse standing before Eternal Wisdom. In this case the figure of Wisdom is more androgynous with a feminine swaying posture and a delicate beard (Strasbourg, Bibliotheque nationale et Universitaire de Strasbourg, MS 2.929, fol. 1v).
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  • Author's Affiliation: University of Hong Kong
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  • Year of Publication: 2004.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0708318940
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