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Negotiating clerical identities
Jennifer D. Thibodeaux

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Negotiating clerical identities
priests, monks and masculinity in the Middle Ages
edited by Jennifer D. Thibodeaux

Published 2010 by Palgrave Macmillan in Basingstoke, New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

"Was a medieval priest viewed as masculine by his parishioners? Did a monk consider himself fully male? How did a bishop assert his masculinity in conflicts with secular authorities? These are some of the questions posed by Negotiating clerical identities. In this volume, Jennifer Thibodeaux has assembled the most cutting-edge research today on medieval clerics and masculine performances. Spanning a wide range of geographical contexts and time periods, the essays in this volume illuminate the ways in which medieval clerics performed masculinity and negotiated their gender identities, both with lay society and within the various orders of the medieval church."--Cover, p. [4].

Table of Contents

Introduction : rethinking the medieval clergy and masculinity -- Jennifer D. Thibodeaux
What can historians do with clerical masculinity? lessons from medieval Europe -- Derek Neal
Part I. Monastic masculinity : bridging secular and clerical identities --
The common bond of aristocratic masculinity : monks, secular men, and St. Gerald of Aurillac -- Andrew Romig
The warrior Habitus : militant masculinity and monasticism in the Henrician reform movement -- Scott Wells --Spiritual warriors in citadels of faith : martial rhetoric and monastic masculinity in the long twelfth century / -- Katherine Allen Smith
Part II. Priestly masculinity : reconciling celibacy and sexuality --
Saxo Grammaticus's heroic chastity : a model of clerical celibacy and masculinity in medieval Scandinavia -- Anthony Perron
From boys to priests : adolescence, masculinity and the parish clergy in medieval Normandy -- Jennifer D. Thibodeaux
Promiscuous priests and vicarage children : clerical sexuality and masculinity in late medieval England -- Janelle Werner
Part III. Clerical masculinity : contested identities --
Between warrior and priest : the creation of a new masculine identity during the Crusades -- Andrew Holt
Knights, bishops, and deer parks : Episcopal identity, emasculation and clerical space in medieval England -- Andrew G. Miller
Mirror of the scholarly (masculine) soul : scholastics, beguines, and gendered spirituality in medieval Paris -- Tanya Stabler Miller.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Genders and sexualities in history


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BV4597.56 .N44 2010

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xiii, 269 p. ;
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