Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 13717
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Bornstein , Daniel E.
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  • Title: Violenza al corpo di una santa: Fra agiographica e pornografia- A proposito di Douceline di Digne [Mortification of the flesh, including punishment of sexual organs, features prominently in the lives of holy women; Douceline of Digne is an extreme example of the phenomenon, becoming insensible to stimuli when in a trance; she became the presiding spirit of a beguinage in Marseille, and the community preserved her memory and developed her cult; during her lifetime, her body, when insensible, was subjected to tortures to gratify the curiosity of men; this served both as a test of her sanctity and as a kind of counter-pornography, intended to produce revulsion against the flesh; often, however, trial was made by the merely curious, like Charles of Anjou and his entourage].
  • Source: Quaderni Medievali 39, (giugno 1995): Pages 31 - 46.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Beguines Body Charles I of Anjou, King of Naples Douceline of Digne, Mystic and Beguine Hagiography Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France Mystics Pain and Suffering Violence Women in Religion
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  • Geographic Area: France
  • Century: 13
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  • Year of Publication: 1995.
  • Language: Italian
  • ISSN/ISBN: 03921875