Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 17846
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Bynum , Caroline Walker.
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  • Title: The Female Body and Religious Practice in the Later Middle Ages [The essay analyzes the theological implications of women’s bodies in the later Middle Ages, arguing that female flesh, created and redeemed by God, was also a means to encounter Him spiritually. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: Fragmentation and Redemption: Essays on Gender and the Human Body in Medieval Religion.Caroline Walker Bynum.  MIT Press, 1991.  Pages 181 - 238.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Body Spirituality Theology Women in Religion
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  • Geographic Area: General
  • Century: 13- 14- 15
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  • Illustrations: Fifteen Illustrations. Figure One The Soul receiving her Lover in mystical marriage, Rothschild Canticles, MS 404, fol. 66, Beinecke Library, Yale University (early fourteenth century). Figure Two A liturgical cradle from the Grand Beguinage in Louvain (fifteenth century). Figure Three A Visitation Group from Katharinental (thirteenth century). Figure Four Drawing of a woman's tomb sculpture with the decaying skeleton beside it, "A Disputacion Betwyx the Body and Wormes," MS Add. 37049, fol. 32v, The British Library, London. Figure Five Jacob Cornelisz, The Man of Sorrows (ca. 1510). Figure Six The Intercession of Christ and the Virgin (ca. 1402). Figure Seven The Mass of St. Gregory (end of the fifteenth century), altarpiece from the parish church of Villoldo, Spain. Figure Eight M. Fiorini after F. Vanni, Saint Catherine of Siena; from the Legenda Maior (1597). Figure Nine Jan Gossaert, Madonna and Child (1527). Figure Ten A monstrance from the cloister of Weyarn, Bavaria (1652). Figure Eleven Vierge ouvrante, Middle Rhine (late thirteenth or early fourteenth century). Figure Twelve The Priesthood of the Virgin, French panel painting commissioned for the Cathedral of Amiens (ca. 1437). Figure Thirteen Last Judgment, Cologne (ca. 1425). Figure Fourteen The Martyrdom of St. Agatha (1473) from the Swiss School. Figure Fifteen The Master of Holy Kinship (fl. 1480-1520), Sebastian Altar, middle wing: The Martyrdom of St. Sebastian, Cologne.
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  • Year of Publication: 1991.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0942299639