Women from the Golden Legend Hardback

Female Authority in a Medieval Castilian Sanctoral

by Emma Gatland;

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Women from the Golden Legend

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Hagiography was one of the most prolific narrative genres in the Middle Ages. Jacobus de Voragine's Golden Legend (c. 1260), the most popular compendium, was translated into every language in Western Europe. In the medieval Iberian peninsula, the number of conserved hagiographic documents dwarfs those belonging to other narrative genres. This book examines one collection of saints' lives, or sanctorals, and the twenty-five female saints witnessed therein. Their lives furnished exemplary models for women inside and outside the Church, tell stories of maidens tortured by pagan sovereigns, prostitutes, mothers who see their sons martyred, and women who dress as men in order to avoid being married off to the nearest suitor. This study challenges an understanding of these women as passive recipients of social and spiritual influence by re-situating female authority within the context of vision, language, and performativity. Included in the study are transcriptions of twenty-two previously unedited lives. Emma Gatland is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, University of Cambridge.

Women from the Golden Legend by Emma Gatland was published by Boydell & Brewer Ltd in October 2011. The ISBN for Women from the Golden Legend is 9781855662292.

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Details for Women from the Golden Legend

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherBoydell & Brewer Ltd (October 2011)
Number of Pages266
Thickness16 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4031871
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