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Between Exaltation and Infamy

Stephen Haliczer

Published in print September 2002 | ISBN: 9780195148633
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199869923 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195148630.001.0001
Between Exaltation and Infamy

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Within a culture of male domination, women in the period of the Counter‐Reformation achieved recognition and status as mystics, and their influence extended to all realms of society, including the aristocracy. A mystic's acceptance, however, was predicated upon her strict adherence to ecclesiastical orthodoxy and hierarchy. Further, her childhood and adult convent life were marked by excessive austerity and, in many instances, abuse. If the mystic had a proper pedigree, succeeded in building a support system of male authorities, and could demonstrate her divine favor through visions and miracles, then she had the potential to become canonized. While women mystics did not challenge male authority within the church and indeed often were willing supporters of it, they did serve as inspiration to their male contemporaries and to generations of women who followed.

Keywords: canonized; convent; Counter‐Reformation; Inquisition; mystics; saints; Spain; visions; women

Book.  356 pages. 

Subjects: Christianity

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Introduction in Between Exaltation and Infamy

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Spain and the Golden Age of Mysticism in Between Exaltation and Infamy

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Women and the Saintly Ideal in Between Exaltation and Infamy

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Women Mystics in a Male‐Dominated Culture in Between Exaltation and Infamy

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Sainthood Denied in Between Exaltation and Infamy

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An Uncertain Sword in Between Exaltation and Infamy

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A Counter‐Reformation Childhood in Between Exaltation and Infamy

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Adulthood in Between Exaltation and Infamy

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