Holy Feast and Holy Fast: The Religious Significance of Food to Medieval Women

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University of California Press, 1987 - Religion - 444 pages
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Examines the role of food in the religion of women in the Middle Ages and argues that food practices enabled women to exert power in the family and define their religious vocations
  

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Review: Holy Feast and Holy Fast: The Religious Significance of Food to Medieval Women

User Review  - Lynn Evans - Goodreads

If I had to credit one experience for moving me toward research into medieval history, it would be that of reading this book. Bynum did not, in researching and writing this book, cover new sources ... Read full review

Review: Holy Feast and Holy Fast: The Religious Significance of Food to Medieval Women

User Review  - Quyen Hoang - Goodreads

This hugely influential book made a critical breakthrough in the scholarship on medieval piety and brought the focus to women's religious life and the role of food and gender in medieval Christianity ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION I
1
Religious women in the later middle ages
13
the historical background
31
The Evidence
73
Food in the lives of women saints
113
Food in the writings of women mystics
150
Food as control of self
189
Food as control of circumstance
219
food as physicality
245
Woman as body and as food
260
Womens symbols
277
EPILOGUE
297
LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS
303
GENERAL INDEX
421
INDEX OF SECONDARY AUTHORS
435
Copyright

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About the author (1987)

Caroline Walker Bynum is University Professor at Columbia University. She is the author of "Resurrection of the Body in Western Christianity, 200-1336, " and "Fragmentation and Redemption: Essays on Gender and the Body in Medieval Religion " (Zone Books, 1991).

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