Forgetful of Their Sex: Female Sanctity and Society, Ca. 500-1100

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University of Chicago Press, 1998 - History - 587 pages
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In this remarkable study of over 2,200 female and male saints, Jane Schulenburg explores women's status and experience in early medieval society and in the Church by examining factors such as family wealth and power, patronage, monasticism, virginity, and motherhood. The result is a unique depiction of the lives of these strong, creative, independent-minded women who achieved a visibility in their society that led to recognition of sanctity.

"A tremendous piece of scholarship. . . . This journey through more than 2,000 saints is anything but dull. Along the way, Schulenburg informs our ideas regarding the role of saints in the medieval psyche, gender-specific identification, and the heroics of virginity." —Library Journal

"[This book] will be a kind of 'roots' experience for some readers. They will hear the voices, haunted and haunting, of their distant ancestors and understand more about themselves." —Christian Science Monitor

"This fascinating book reaches far beyond the history of Christianity to recreate the 'herstory' of a whole gender." —Kate Saunders, The Independent

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What a tremendous piece of scholarship lies within this study of medieval history, gender, and religion. Schulenburg (history, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison) makes some fairly subtle points--for example ... Read full review

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About the author (1998)

Jane Tibbetts Schulenburg is a professor of history in the Department of Liberal Studies, Division of Continuing Studies, Women's Studies, and Medieval Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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