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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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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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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