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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

Book chapter

...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

Book chapter

...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

Book chapter

...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

Book chapter

...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...

“Approaching Abjection,” from Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection

Classic Readings on Monster Theory : Demonstrare, Volume 1

Arc Humanities Press, 2018

Book chapter

...Julia kristeva (1941– ) is a French feminist theorist and practising psychoanalyst, though not a mainstream member of either of these movements. Rather than seeking to theorize the female as whole and complete—as male subjects are generally...

The unexpected actuality: “Deviance” and transgression

Michelle M. Sauer

Michelle M. Sauer is Professor in the Department of English at the University of North Dakota, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Gender in Medieval Culture

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Book chapter

...“Deviance” is a loaded term, often tied to sexual aberrations. The Oxford English Dictionary defines deviants as those who “diverge,” and who “deviate from normal social standards,” with this emphasis coming from twentieth-century sociology...

Sutzura e viltat carnal: The Place of Sin and Lust in the Treatises of the Franciscan Francesc Eiximenis (c.1400)

The Friars and their Influence in Medieval Spain

Amsterdam University Press, 2018

Book chapter

...This study offers a portrait of a moralist at the end of the fourteenth century, namely Francesc Eiximenis, a Franciscan author of diverse treaties dedicated to teaching the truths of the Christian faith. The chapter describes his life...

Gender and Sexuality

A Cultural History of Hair in the Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Book chapter

...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...