Holiness and Masculinity in the Middle Ages

By Patricia Cullum and Katherine J. Lewis

© 2005

Studies in gender in medieval culture have tended to focus on femininity, however the study of medieval masculinities has developed greatly over the last few years. Holiness and Masculinity in the Middle Ages is the first volume to concentrate on this specific aspect of medieval gender studies, and looks at the ways in which varieties of medieval masculinity intersected with concepts of holiness.

Patricia Cullum and Katherine J. Lewis have collected an exceptional group of essays that explore differing notions of medieval holiness, understood variously as religious, saintly, sacred, pure, morally perfect, and consider topics such as significance of the tonsure, sanctity and martyrdom, eunuch saints, and the writings of Henry Suso. Holiness and Masculinity in the Middle Ages deals with a wide variety of texts and historical contexts, from Byzantium to Anglo-Saxon and late-medieval England.

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  • Page Count: 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5in x 0.5in x 8.5in
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Holiness and Masculinity in the Middle Ages deals with a wide variety of texts and historical contexts, from Byzantium to Anglo-Saxon and late-medieval England.

Holiness and Masculinity in the Middle Ages

By Patricia Cullum and Katherine J. Lewis

© 2005

Studies in gender in medieval culture have tended to focus on femininity, however the study of medieval masculinities has developed greatly over the last few years. Holiness and Masculinity in the Middle Ages is the first volume to concentrate on this specific aspect of medieval gender studies, and looks at the ways in which varieties of medieval masculinity intersected with concepts of holiness.

Patricia Cullum and Katherine J. Lewis have collected an exceptional group of essays that explore differing notions of medieval holiness, understood variously as religious, saintly, sacred, pure, morally perfect, and consider topics such as significance of the tonsure, sanctity and martyrdom, eunuch saints, and the writings of Henry Suso. Holiness and Masculinity in the Middle Ages deals with a wide variety of texts and historical contexts, from Byzantium to Anglo-Saxon and late-medieval England.

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Product Details

  • Page Count: 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5in x 0.5in x 8.5in
  • Author Information

    Patricia Cullum is a principal lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Huddersfield.


    Katherine J. Lewis is a lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Huddersfield.
  • Table of contents

    • Introduction, 'Holiness and Masculinity in the Middle Ages'
    • Christopher Craun, 'Matronly Monks: Attracting Divine Grace in Theodoret's Historia Religiosa'
    • Emma Pettit, 'Holiness and Masculinity in Aldhelm's opus geminatum De virgininate'
    • Jacqueline Murray, 'Masculinizing Religious Life: Sexual Prowess, the Battle for Chastity and Monastic Identity'
    • Carolyn D. Muir, 'Bride or Bridegroom? Masculine Identity in Mystic Marriages'
    • Meri Heinonenm 'Henry Suso and the Divine Knighthood'
    • Shaun Tougher, 'Holy Eunuchs! Masculinity and Eunuch Saints in Byzantium'
    • Robert Mills, 'the Signification of the Tonsure'
    • Edward Christie, 'Self-mastery and Submission: Masculinity and Holiness in the Lives of Anglo-Saxon Martyr-Kings'
    • Dawn Marie Hayes, 'Christian Sanctuary and Repository of France's Political Culture: The Construction of Holiness and Masculinity at the Royal Abbey of Saint-Denis in the Later Middle Ages'
    • W.M. Ormrod, 'Monarchy, Martyrdom and Masculinity'
    • Fiona Dunlop, 'Making Youth Holy: Holiness and Masculinity in The Interlude of Youth'
    • Sarah Bastow, 'The Catholic Gentlemen of the North: Unreformed in the Age of Reformation?'

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