Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 8894
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Karras , Ruth Mazo.
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  • Title: Holy Harlots: Prostitute Saints in Medieval Legend [The author examines stories and representations in art of five prostiture saints (Mary of Egypt, Thaïs, Pelagia, Mary (the niece of Abraham), and Afra of Augsburg) and Mary Magdalene. Karras argues that although Mary Magdalene does not make money from her indiscriminate sexuality, she is condemned for lust along with the prostitute saints. Since the essence of femininity is sexuality, it is women's greatest weakness and the prime cause for their repentance. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: Journal of the History of Sexuality 1, 1 (July 1990): Pages 3 - 32.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Economics Hagiography Mary Magdalene, Saint Mary of Egypt, Saint Prostitutes in Literature Sexuality in Literature Women in Religion
  • Geographic Area: General
  • Century: General
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  • Author's Affiliation: University of Pennsylvania
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  • Year of Publication: 1990.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 10434070
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