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Sex, Gender, and Episcopal Authority in an Age of Reform, 1000-1122 (Paperback)
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Sex, Gender, and Episcopal Authority in an Age of Reform, 1000-1122 (Paperback)

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The eleventh and early twelfth centuries were a period of intense debate over ecclesiastical reform in western Europe. This book examines the debates from a new perspective, exploring the ways in which contemporary political writers conveyed messages about 'public' life through textual and sometimes visual images of the 'private' life of the Church. It argues that the images they used - of bishops as husbands of their sees, of the laity as the sons of Mother Church, and of the pope as father of bishops - were shaped not only by intellectual and ritual traditions, but also by contemporary ideas about sexuality and gender. Megan McLaughlin reveals that the boundaries between the 'public' and the 'private' were extremely fluid in the central Middle Ages - because of both the realities of political life in that period and the changing nature of life within European households.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107449077
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 420 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... superb ... McLaughlin argues her point in lively and subtly amusing prose, sparked with effective quotations of medieval authors. Her book is perfect for classes on medieval politics and churches ... Non-specialists can easily follow the argument, while fellow medievalists will appreciate the book's methodological innovations and evidentiary heft, and feminists will be glad to discover that it considerably advances the scholarly project of gendering the medieval past.' Lisa M. Bitel, The American Historical Review
'It is seldom that a book has the ability to make one fundamentally question one's previous assumptions and see things from an entirely new perspective, particularly when as here the subject matter is one that will be so very familiar to historians of eleventh- and twelfth-century Europe. This book, however, does just that ... McLaughlin offers a thoughtful, highly nuanced and altogether new (and quite probably apposite) interpretation of the conceptual ferment and domestic/sexual imagery that animated the polemicists and thinkers of the age of reform. All of this makes [this book] indispensable reading.' Kathleen G. Cushing, Early Medieval Europe

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