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The Case for Women in Medieval Culture

Alcuin Blamires

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198186304
eISBN:
9780191674501
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186304.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Misogyny is of course not the whole story of medieval discourse on women: medieval culture also envisaged a case for women. But hitherto studies of profeminine attitudes in that period's culture have ... More


The Medieval Siege: Theme and Image in Middle English Romance

Malcolm Hebron

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198186205
eISBN:
9780191674440
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186205.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Sieges were a popular subject in medieval romances. Tales of the Crusades featured champions of Christianity capturing towns in the Holy Land or mounting heroic defences. The fall of a great city ... More


Augustine and the Disciplines: From Cassiciacum to Confessions

Karla Pollmann and Mark Vessey (eds)

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199230044
eISBN:
9780191696381
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230044.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This book takes its cue from Augustine's theory of the liberal arts to explore the larger question of how the Bible became the focus of medieval culture in the West. Augustine himself became ... More


Introduction

TATIANA C. STRING and MARCUS BULL

in Tudorism: Historical Imagination and the Appropriation of the Sixteenth Century

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780197264942
eISBN:
9780191754111
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264942.003.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This volume is a collection of papers emerging from a symposium held at the University of Bristol in December 2008, entitled ‘Tudorism: Historical Imagination and the Appropriation of the Sixteenth ... More


1. 1. Solomon's Temple, Augustus' Altar, and Edwin's Roads: Peace in the Political Imagination

Paul J. E. Kershaw

in Peaceful Kings: Peace, Power and the Early Medieval Political Imagination

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780198208709
eISBN:
9780191594731
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208709.003.0002
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

What did early medieval authors think about when they thought about peace? Early medieval political culture is impossible to understand without a full awareness of the foundations upon which it was ... More


Introduction

Alcuin Blamires

in The Case for Women in Medieval Culture

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198186304
eISBN:
9780191674501
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186304.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This introductory chapter sets out the purpose of the book, which is to make a mild ‘case’ for women in medieval culture. It argues that the case for women has been slow to achieve recognition ... More


Troy: Treason and Tragedy

Malcolm Hebron

in The Medieval Siege: Theme and Image in Middle English Romance

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198186205
eISBN:
9780191674440
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186205.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter explores medieval texts on the siege of Troy. The significance of Troy lies in the fact that it is a great city, physically invincible, which is besieged and falls. Explanations of the ... More


Honouring Mothers

Alcuin Blamires

in The Case for Women in Medieval Culture

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198186304
eISBN:
9780191674501
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186304.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Medieval defence of women often begins with (or soon turns to) an archetypal argument about origins: simply an argument that people — including misogynists — are brought into the world by mothers. It ... More


Profeminine Role-Models

Alcuin Blamires

in The Case for Women in Medieval Culture

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198186304
eISBN:
9780191674501
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186304.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

The medieval case for women invoked a big cast of foremothers. There was a core of Old Testament favourites (especially Deborah, Judith, Esther). In the New Testament, besides the unimpeachable ... More


‘The Theatre of Gods Judgements’: Sudden Deaths and Providential Punishments

Alexandra Walsham

in Providence in Early Modern England

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198208877
eISBN:
9780191678172
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208877.003.0003
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History, History of Religion

The chapter focuses on the history of a crude providentialism in which suffering and misfortune are simplistically equated with immorality and sin. It emphasizes on the encyclopedias of providential ... More


The Stable Sex

Alcuin Blamires

in The Case for Women in Medieval Culture

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198186304
eISBN:
9780191674501
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186304.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Women's reputation for ‘weakness’ and ‘instability’ was among the most serious of the impediments to profeminine thinking, and of course it was a negative construction built on exactly the same ... More


Introduction

DOROTHY YAMAMOTO

in The Boundaries of the Human in Medieval English Literature

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198186748
eISBN:
9780191718564
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186748.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

‘Thinking the body’ can give us privileged access to the ways in which a culture represents the world to itself, and handles its own, potentially conflicting, elements. This is certainly true of ... More


The Formal Case: The Corpus

Alcuin Blamires

in The Case for Women in Medieval Culture

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198186304
eISBN:
9780191674501
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186304.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

The medieval defence of women is liable to strike readers new to it as a glorious cocktail: common-sense observations about respect for mothers mixed up with bits of biblical discussion, encomia on ... More


Conclusion

Alcuin Blamires

in The Case for Women in Medieval Culture

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198186304
eISBN:
9780191674501
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186304.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

The book showed that a vigorous case for women was available by the late Middle Ages. How might we evaluate the strengths of the case, and why did it not have a greater cultural and social impact on ... More


Introduction

Gordon Kipling

in Enter the King: Theatre, Liturgy, and Ritual in the Medieval Civic Triumph

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198117612
eISBN:
9780191671012
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117612.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Over a half-century ago, the Dutch cultural historian Johan Huizinga insisted upon the importance of the festival as the ‘supreme expression’ of late medieval culture, ‘the highest mode of collective ... More


The Prose Siege of Thebes, Military Manuals and the Conduct of Sieges in the Later Middle Ages

Malcolm Hebron

in The Medieval Siege: Theme and Image in Middle English Romance

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198186205
eISBN:
9780191674440
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186205.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter focuses on The Prose Siege of Thebes, a short account of the legendary story of the battle for Thebes by the two brothers Eteocles and Polyneices. It tells us that an interest in ... More


The Formal Case: Origins, Procedures

Alcuin Blamires

in The Case for Women in Medieval Culture

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198186304
eISBN:
9780191674501
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186304.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter reviews the core texts for the medieval case for women. The single most cogent source and paradigm for the medieval case for women is believed to be located in one of the Old Testament ... More


Eve and the Privileges of Women

Alcuin Blamires

in The Case for Women in Medieval Culture

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198186304
eISBN:
9780191674501
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186304.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

On the basis of a selective reading of the Book of Genesis, patriarchy in the medieval West constructed woman to be secondary in creation, and primary in guilt. Nevertheless, this construction was ... More


The Formal Case in Abelard, Chaucer, Christine de Pizan

Alcuin Blamires

in The Case for Women in Medieval Culture

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198186304
eISBN:
9780191674501
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186304.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter focuses on Abelard, Chaucer, and Christine de Pizan, each of whom produced a version of the formal case. Abelard did so adventitiously, in that a case for the supreme importance of women ... More


The Arrival of the Printing Press

Arnoud S. Q. Visser

in Reading Augustine in the Reformation: The Flexibility of Intellectual Authority in Europe, 1500-1620

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199765935
eISBN:
9780199895168
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199765935.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

The first collected edition of Augustine's works, published in 1505–6 by the Basel publisher Johann Amerbach, was the version that was used by the first generation of Reformers, including Martin ... More


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