Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 8892
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Karras , Ruth Mazo.
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  • Title: Gendered Sin and Misogyny in John of Bromyard’s "Summa Predicantium" [The author examines misogyny in the “Summa Predicantium,” a popular compendium of exempla (stories offering moral lessons). In these stories, Bromyard’s female characters are more often figures of vice than virtue; however, the exempla are not inherently misogynist in this regard because the male characters are equally sinful. What makes Bromyard a misogynist is the root of these characters’ sins: Women commit sins because of their femininity; men commit them because they are human (not because they are male). Moreover, women are disproportionately depicted as lustful. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: Traditio 47, ( 1992): Pages 233 - 257.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Bromyard, John, Theologian- Summa Predicantium Exempla, Literary Genre Gender Literature- Prose Misogyny Sins Women in Literature
  • Geographic Area: British Isles
  • Century: 14
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  • Table: One Table. Table One Gender distribution of the Seven Deadly Sins in the “Summa Predicantium.” The table lists the name of each sin, the number of men and women who commit each sin in all the exempla, and the percentage of men and women who commit each sin. The ratio of the number of exempla in which women commit a specific sin to the total number of exempla about that sin differs most significantly from the statistical norm in the case of “luxuria” (lust).
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  • Author's Affiliation: University of Pennsylvania
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  • Year of Publication: 1992.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 03621529
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