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|Additional Physical Format:||Print version:
Motherhood, religion, and society in medieval Europe, 400-1400.
Farnham, Surrey, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, ©2011
|Material Type:||Document, Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Internet Resource, Computer File|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Conrad Leyser; Lesley Smith
|Description:||1 online resource (xv, 369 pages) : illustrations|
|Contents:||Cover; Contents; Notes on Contributors; Preface; List of Abbreviations; Introduction: Henrietta Leyser; 1 Augustine and Monnica; 2 From Maternal Kin to Jesus as Mother: Royal Genealogy and Marian Devotion in the Ninth-century West; 5 In Search of the Good Mother: Twelfth-century Celibacy and Affectivity; 6 Twelfth-century English Mothers; 7 Did Mothers Teach their Children to Read?; 8 Who is my Mother? Honouring Parents in Medieval Exegesis of the Ten Commandments; 9 Making Motherhood in Medieval England: The Evidence from Medicine; 10 Obstacles to Motherhood.|
This volume focuses on the paradox of motherhood in the European Middle Ages: to be a mother is at once to hold great power, and by the same token to be acutely vulnerable. The essays analyse the powers and the dangers of motherhood. Three main themes emerge: survival, agency, and institutionalization. The volume spans the Middle Ages, from late Roman North Africa through ninth-century Byzantium to late medieval Somerset, drawing in a range of historians, including textual scholars, literary critics, students of religion and economic historians.
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