Holiness and Masculinity in the Middle Ages

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P. H. Cullum, Katherine J. Lewis
University of Toronto Press, Jan 1, 2005 - History - 227 pages

Studies in gender in medieval culture have tended to focus on femininity, however the study of medieval masculinities has developed greatly over the last few years. Holiness and Masculinity in the Middle Ages is the first volume to concentrate on this specific aspect of medieval gender studies, and looks at the ways in which varieties of medieval masculinity intersected with concepts of holiness.

Patricia Cullum and Katherine J. Lewis have collected an exceptional group of essays that explore differing notions of medieval holiness, understood variously as religious, saintly, sacred, pure, morally perfect, and consider topics such as significance of the tonsure, sanctity and martyrdom, eunuch saints, and the writings of Henry Suso. Holiness and Masculinity in the Middle Ages deals with a wide variety of texts and historical contexts, from Byzantium to Anglo-Saxon and late-medieval England.

 

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Contents

Holiness and Masculinity in Aldhelms Opus Geminatum
8
Sexual Prowess the Battle
24
Theodoret of Cyrrhus Sexual Imagery
43
Bride or Bridegroom? Masculine Identity in Mystic
58
Henry Suso and the Divine Knighthood
79
Holy Eunuchs Masculinity and Eunuch Saints
93
Christian Sanctuary and Repository of Frances Political
127
Holiness and Masculinity
143
Edmund of East Anglia Henry VI and Ideals of Kingly
158
England in
174
Holiness and Masculinity
192
Unreformed in
206
Index
222
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Patricia Cullum is a principal lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Huddersfield. Katherine J. Lewis is a lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Huddersfield.

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