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Women and Gender in the Middle Ages

Bronach Kane

Bronach Kane is Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at Cardiff University. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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...Introduction Gender was a primary marker of identity in medieval culture and its everyday experience depended on regional, class, and faith differences. Women were regarded as subordinate to menfolk in many settings in this period and were...

The Life and Times Of ‘Amīd Al-Mulk Al-kundurī

Medieval Central Asia and the Persianate World : Iranian Tradition and Islamic Civilisation

I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd, 2015

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...There is no doubt that the most famous vizier of the first Seljuq sultan Tughril has acquired a somewhat curious reputation.This contribution should be read in conjunction with my forthcoming book chapter about Niẓām al-Mulk where...

Prostitution: The Moral Economy of Medieval Prostitution

A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Academic, 2011

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...Medieval prostitution can be understood as a daily, and nightly, ritual control of the body and as part of a larger project of moral hygiene. Attempts to identify, regulate, and segregate the prostitute, and the resistance to and compliance...

Sex, Medicine, and Disease

A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Academic, 2011

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...Medieval medical texts only occasionally deal with sexuality directly, and any such attempts are accompanied by self-justification on the part of the author, solemnly insisting upon the legitimacy of the subject as it is presented...

Gender and Sexuality

A Cultural History of Tragedy In The Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

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...Long after classical tragedies had ceased to be performed in Western Europe, the notion of tragedy survived in the memory of late antique and medieval clerics. In the seventh century, the encyclopedist Isidore of Seville wrote, “Comedians...

Homosexuality: Specters of Sodom

A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Academic, 2011

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...In many ways the topic of medieval homosexuality can only be approached through its ghosts. After all, the various activities, desires, and dispositions gathered together under the Christian theological heading of sodomy (and its...

Love, desire and hate

Carolyne Larrington

Carolyne Larrington is Professor of Medieval European Literature at University of Oxford, UK. She is the author of The Women’s Companion to Mythology (1997), King Arthur’s Enchantresses (2006), The Land of the Green Man (2015) and Winter is Coming (2015), among others. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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All Men Must Die : Power and Passion in Game of Thrones

Bloomsbury Academic, 2021

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...Emotions are critical in Game of Thrones. They drive major plotlines, motivate action and sometimes manifest themselves in unexpected places. Everyone in the Known World feels. Sometimes they feel strangely or try to suppress...

Gender and Sexuality

A Cultural History of Hair in the Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...A fourteenth-century German panel painting depicting an incident from the life of Saint Clare is instructive in understanding the different ways that hair could signify in medieval society and culture (Figure 6.1). The panel, probably...

Heterosexuality

A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Academic, 2011

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...Heterosexuality did not exist in the Middle Ages. It is true that acts of intercourse, reproduction, marriage, fornication, and prostitution were as common throughout medieval history as they are today, but the rubric under which these acts...

Resolution

Anne P. Alwis

Anne P. Alwis is Senior Lecturer at the University of Kent, UK. Her research interests lie in hagiography, narrative and gender in late Antiquity and Byzantium. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Celibate Marriages in Late Antique and Byzantine Hagiography : The Lives of Saints Julian and Basilissa, Andronikos and Athanasia, and Galaktion and Episteme

Bloomsbury Academic, 2011

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...Diversity marks the VJB, VAA and VGE, ensuring that the Christian ideal of celibate marriage was not simple to formulate. Each vita’s attempt to resolve the marriage/celibacy dilemma is marred by a prevalent mistrust of sexual intercourse...