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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In the period between 1200 and 1500 in western Europe, a number of religious women gained widespread veneration and even canonization as saints for their extraordinary devotion to the Christian eucharist, supernatural multiplications of food and drink, and miracles of bodily manipulation, including stigmata and inedia (living without eating). The occurrence of such phenomena sheds much light on the nature of medieval society and medieval religion. It also forms a chapter in the history of women. Previous scholars have occasionally noted the various phenomena in isolation from each other and ha.
 

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This is an unusual book, an historically scholarly yet highly readable study of the medieval phenomenon of those 'saints' who lived on nothing but the eucharist (the consecrated host of the roman ... 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
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