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 “Let Anyone Accept This Who Can”: Medieval Christian Virginity, Chastity, and Celibacy in the Latin West

Karen Cheatham

in Celibacy and Religious Traditions

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780195306316
eISBN:
9780199867721
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306316.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

A distinction is made between virginity, which was mostly associated with women, and chastity, which represented a choice of lifestyle after sexual activity. These kinds of choices were associated ... More


The Life of St. Elizabeth

Kenneth Baxter Wolf

in The Life and Afterlife of St. Elizabeth of Hungary: Testimony from her Canonization Hearings

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199732586
eISBN:
9780199894895
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732586.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter treats the testimony, offered to the papal commission in January 1235, by the four women who knew Elizabeth the best: Guda and Isentrud, Elizabath’s ladies-in-waiting during her years at ... More


Friars, Beguines, and the Action Against Heresy

Colin Morris

in The Papal Monarchy: The Western Church from 1050 to 1250

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198269250
eISBN:
9780191600708
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198269250.003.0019
Subject:
Religion, Church History

With Innocent's encouragement, the Franciscans and Dominicans were founded with a policy of personal poverty. There was a parallel development of communities for women with the Beguines and female ... More


Bal Colonial

Jan Brokken

in The Music of the Netherlands Antilles: Why Eleven Antilleans Knelt before Chopin's Heart

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9781628461855
eISBN:
9781626740914
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628461855.003.0032
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This chapter compares and contracts the musical histories of Martinique and Guadeloupe with the Netherlands Antilles and the response to the music they produced in their respective colonial masters ... More


Capital Women: The European Marriage Pattern, Female Empowerment and Economic Development in Western Europe 1300-1800

Jan Luiten van Zanden, Sarah Carmichael, and Tine De Moor

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780190847883
eISBN:
9780190847913
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190847883.001.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History, Development, Growth, and Environmental

This book argues that the position of women in late medieval and early modern Europe was relatively strong. This, van Zanden, De Moor, and Carmichael argue, is evident from the fact that marriage was ... More


Fictive Orders and Feminine Religious Identities, 1200-1600

Alison More

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
April 2018
ISBN:
9780198807698
eISBN:
9780191845512
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198807698.001.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History, History of Religion

Any visitor to Belgium or the Netherlands is immediately struck by the number of convents and beguinages (begijnhoven) in both major cities and small towns. Their number and location in urban centres ... More


Beguines: Living Single and Safe

Jan Luiten

in Capital Women: The European Marriage Pattern, Female Empowerment and Economic Development in Western Europe 1300-1800

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780190847883
eISBN:
9780190847913
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190847883.003.0008
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History, Development, Growth, and Environmental

The beguine movement is a most remarkable phenomenon in the history of the Low Countries, but it still remains to be explained. The skewed sex ratio, diminished access to convents, and religious ... More


Mad Girls: Pathology

Lucille Cairns

in Sapphism on Screen: Lesbian Desire in French and Francophone Cinema

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748621651
eISBN:
9780748651108
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748621651.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines pathology, or lesbianism, as sickness. The discursive shift from condemning lesbians as sinful to certifying them as ill was largely prompted by the birth of sexology in the ... More


Douceline of Digne: Co-mother to the Capetians

Sean L. Field

in Courting Sanctity: Holy Women and the Capetians

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781501736193
eISBN:
9781501736209
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501736193.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

When Beatrice, countess of Provence, faced a dangerous pregnancy around 1261, she turned to the beguine Douceline of Digne, whose prayers were credited with persuading God to grant a safe delivery ... More


Margery Kempe: The Shocking “Fool in Christ”

Wolfgang Riehle

in The Secret Within: Hermits, Recluses, and Spiritual Outsiders in Medieval England

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451096
eISBN:
9780801470936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451096.003.0010
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter examines the mysticism of Margery Kempe, a second late-medieval Englishwoman who sought to open her life entirely to Christian spirituality. Kempe's well-known only work, The Book of ... More


Beginning the Beguine

Brent Phillips

in Charles Walters: The Director Who Made Hollywood Dance

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780813147215
eISBN:
9780813151502
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813147215.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter begins with the successful appearances of dance team “Fox and Walters” at the Versailles nightclub. Walters meets rising choreographer Robert Alton and performs in the Theatre Guild’s ... More


Longing and Letting Go: Lessons in Being Human from Hadewijch and Mirabai

Holly Hillgardner

in Comparing Faithfully: Insights for Systematic Theological Reflection

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780823274666
eISBN:
9780823274710
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823274666.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Holly Hillgardner develops a relational notion of the desiring self by reading the thirteenth-century Christian beguine Hadewijch in light of the sixteenth-century Vaisnava poet-saint Mirabai. ... More


Robert de Courson and the Northern Reformers

Sethina Watson

in On Hospitals: Welfare, Law, and Christianity in Western Europe, 400-1320

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
August 2020
ISBN:
9780198847533
eISBN:
9780191882210
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198847533.003.0008
Subject:
History, European Medieval History, History of Religion

This chapter, the first study of hospital reform under papal legate Robert de Courson, offers a new picture of the legation in preparation for Lateran IV. Courson’s hospital decree is well-known from ... More


Introduction

Alison More

in Fictive Orders and Feminine Religious Identities, 1200-1600

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
April 2018
ISBN:
9780198807698
eISBN:
9780191845512
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198807698.003.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History, History of Religion

This book explores the changing identities of extra-regular and non-monastic women from the early thirteenth through sixteenth centuries. It touches upon the social contributions of these women and ... More


Penitents and the Institutionalization of Penitential Life in the Thirteenth Century

Alison More

in Fictive Orders and Feminine Religious Identities, 1200-1600

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
April 2018
ISBN:
9780198807698
eISBN:
9780191845512
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198807698.003.0002
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History, History of Religion

The first chapter focuses on the wider spiritual context from which penitential movements developed. The rich and vibrant spiritual climate of the early thirteenth century saw the emergence of a ... More


After Supra montem: The ‘Spread’ of an Order?

Alison More

in Fictive Orders and Feminine Religious Identities, 1200-1600

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
April 2018
ISBN:
9780198807698
eISBN:
9780191845512
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198807698.003.0003
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History, History of Religion

In the late thirteenth century and first half of the fourteenth century, Churchmen and Church councils repeatedly endeavoured to impose order on the ecclesiastical landscape. Their actions towards ... More


Order and Identity in Women’s Communities

Alison More

in Fictive Orders and Feminine Religious Identities, 1200-1600

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
April 2018
ISBN:
9780198807698
eISBN:
9780191845512
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198807698.003.0006
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History, History of Religion

Texts associated with women’s houses and writings of female religious show that women were active in educating the sisters under their care and shaping the identities of their communities. There are ... More


Unification and Regularization in the Sixteenth-Century Spiritual Climate

Alison More

in Fictive Orders and Feminine Religious Identities, 1200-1600

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
April 2018
ISBN:
9780198807698
eISBN:
9780191845512
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198807698.003.0007
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History, History of Religion

Official Franciscan mythology recounts that unity was definitively restored to the third order with the rule that Pope Leo X promulgated in his 1521 bull Inter cetera. However, close examination ... More


Partnering Divinity: Mystical Dancers

Kathryn Dickason

in Ringleaders of Redemption: How Medieval Dance Became Sacred

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780197527276
eISBN:
9780197527306
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197527276.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity, Religion and Society

This chapter investigates the use of dance in evoking and transmitting ineffable religious experience. While earlier chapters examined group dances performed in public, this chapter turns to more ... More


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