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Abbesses and other High-Ranking Holy Women

Christina Harrington

in Women in a Celtic Church: Ireland 450-1150

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198208235
eISBN:
9780191716683
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208235.003.0007
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History

The highest level a nun could achieve in Ireland was the office of abbess and, like other female professions, it was imbued with symbols and metaphors. This chapter looks at abbesses and other ... More


Ekphrasis at Kildare

Lisa M. Bitel

in Landscape with Two Saints: How Genovefa of Paris and Brigit of Kildare Built Christianity in Barbarian Europe

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195336528
eISBN:
9780199868599
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195336528.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Church History, Early Christian Studies

This chapter recounts the life of Saint Brigit (ca. 452–524) as told by her 7th-century hagiographer, Cogitosus of Kildare. Cogitosus interpreted Brigit as a traveling holy woman whose authority ... More


‘Generous Eve’ and the Echoes of Reform

Christina Harrington

in Women in a Celtic Church: Ireland 450-1150

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198208235
eISBN:
9780191716683
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208235.003.0011
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History

If the changes in Irish material are best explained as a response, albeit an ambivalent and resistant one, to reform ideas flourishing beyond its shores, there are further enquiries to be made. First ... More


The Maiden of Ludmir: A Jewish Holy Woman and Her World

Nathaniel Deutsch

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520231917
eISBN:
9780520927971
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520231917.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Modern History

Hannah Rochel Verbermacher, a Hasidic holy woman known as the Maiden of Ludmir, was born in early-nineteenth-century Russia and became famous as the only woman in the three-hundred-year history of ... More


A Woman’s Touch

Constance Classen

in The Deepest Sense: A Cultural History of Touch

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252034930
eISBN:
9780252094408
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252034930.003.0004
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter turns to the ways in which certain aspects of sense history were considered feminine. It first examines the tactile qualities that demarcate gender, particularly how certain textures and ... More


How Far Can Sainthood Go? St Martin of Tours in Two Hagiographical Epics of Late Antiquity

Karla Pollmann

in The Baptized Muse: Early Christian Poetry as Cultural Authority

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
March 2017
ISBN:
9780198726487
eISBN:
9780191793295
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198726487.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Religion and Literature

Although recent research in particular has, under the significant influence of Peter Brown, given an increasing amount of attention to the phenomenon of the ‘holy man’ and ‘holy woman’ in late ... More


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