Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 2390
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Duby , Georges.
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  • Title: Affidavits and Confessions [Medieval women’s voices are often mediated by men, but records of legal testimony provide some access to unmediated female voices. The author gives a partial transcription of the testimony of Grazida and Beatrice, two fourteenth-century French widows who were interrogated on suspicions of witchcraft and heresy. The women confess to having multiple affairs and having sex with priests. Both were sentenced for heresy but eventually had their sentences commuted as long as they wore yellow crosses on their clothing. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: A History of Women in the West. Volume 2: Silences of the Middle Ages.  Edited by Christiane Klapisch-Zuber.  Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1992.  Pages 483 - 491.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Heresy Law Sexuality Trials Voice Witches Witnesses Women in Religion
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  • Geographic Area: France
  • Century: 14
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  • Author's Affiliation: Collège de France
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  • Year of Publication: 1992.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0674403711