Women of the Gilte Legende
A Selection of Middle English Saints Lives
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Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Number of Pages: 155
Width: 13.8 cm
Height: 21.6 cm
The first modern translation of one of the most influential books to come from the middle ages. The Gilte Legende was widely read as a model for everyday life, including the education of women through examples set by early Christian martyrs. This book divides the lives of female saints into: the "ryght hooly virgins",who vocally defend their bodies against Roman persecution; "holy mothers", who give up their traditional role to pursue a life of contemplation; the "repentant sinners", who convert and voice their defiance against a society thatdemanded silence in women; and the "holy transvestites", who cast off their gender identity to find absolution and salvation. Their lives reach through the ages to speak to a modern audience, forcing a re-examination of women's roles in the medieval period. LARISSA TRACY is Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at Georgetown University and George Mason University. Series editor JANE CHANCE
[The author] is to be commended for her effort to make these important and interesting legends accessible to a wider audience. * ANGLIA *