Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Women's Space: Patronage, Place and Gender in the Medieval Church

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Women's Space: Patronage, Place and Gender in the Medieval Church

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Women's Space: Patronage, Place and Gender in the Medieval Church, ed. Virginia Chieffo Raguin and Sarah Stanbury, SUNY Series in Medieval Studies (Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2005). x + 261 pp. ISBN 0-7914-6365-6. $85.00. This collection of eight interdisciplinary essays 'addresses the location of women and their bequests within ... the church" (p. i). The theoretical base is furnished by the French sociologist and anthropologist Pierre Bourdieu and his focus on domestic and public space: the papers are predominantly concerned with England, although there is a paper on fourteenth-century Florence and the building of the church of Santa Maria Novella. Papers concentrate on space and architecture in the medieval English parish church, on the use of space in medieval churches ('Gender and seating ..."), on the spatial organization of Ely Cathedral, and on the geography and placing of relics conserved within the sacred space of the church. …

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