Chapter

Between Power and Impotence

Stephen Haliczer

in Between Exaltation and Infamy

Published in print September 2002 | ISBN: 9780195148633
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199869923 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195148630.003.0012
Between Power and Impotence

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Unlike most women in Spanish society, women mystics achieved some recognition and were frequently consulted by the nobility. ‘Approved’ mystics tended to have greater access to male aristocracy, while female nobles sought out ‘false’ mystics. Further, in general, the ‘false’ mystics tended to relate to persons of lesser social standing, particularly in ecclesiastical circles. The mystics served as advisors on moral conduct and spiritual matters, and they also interceded on behalf of those in trouble and performed healings. However, mystics remained entrenched in male‐dominated society and church and were rarely permitted public recognition through preaching or missionary work.

Keywords: approved mystics; ecclesiastical; false mystics; healing; interceded; martyrdom; moral conduct; nobility; spiritual matters

Chapter.  13026 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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