Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Holiness and Masculinity in the Middle Ages

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Holiness and Masculinity in the Middle Ages

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Holiness and Masculinity in the Middle Ages, ed. P. H. Cullum and Katherine J. Lewis, Religion and Culture in the Middle Ages (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2004). xvi + 227 pp.; 15 illustrations. ISBN 0-7083-1894-0. £45.00. This volume redresses the balance in current gender studies by offering a collection of fourteen essays on the intersection of medieval masculinities and concepts of holiness across medieval Europe, from the early to the later Middle Ages. Essays explore differing ideas of holiness, the performance of holiness in different spheres, the similarities and differences between masculine and feminine spirituality, and the possibilities of validation offered by spirituality as well as the anxieties caused by it. P. H. Cullum contributes an introduction on holiness and masculinity in medieval Europe; Emma Pettit writes on Aldhelm's Opus Germinatum; Jacqueline Murray discusses monastic life, sexuality, and chastity; Christopher C. …

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