Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 9430
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Archibald , Elizabeth.
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  • Title: Gold in the Dungheap: Incest Stories and Family Values in the Middle Ages
  • Source: Journal of Family History 22, 2 (April 1997): Pages 133 - 149.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Family in Literature Incest in Literature Sexuality in Literature
  • Geographic Area: General
  • Century: 11-12
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  • Abstract: This article discusses the remarkable fashion for incest stories in the later Middle Ages, and the differences between such stories in the classical world, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance. It speculates about the surprising enthusiasm of medieval ecclesiastical writers for tales of incest, and argues that these stories of characters who commit incest (or try to), and then either repent and renounce the world or die violently, allowed Christian writers to insist on the virtues of celibacy and the dangers of the secular, domestic world of the family. [Reproduced by permission of Sage Publications.]
  • Author's Affiliation: University of Victoria, British Columbia
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  • Year of Publication: 1997.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 03631990
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