Virgin Authority and its Transmission


in Saints' Lives and Women's Literary Culture, 1150-1300

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780198112792
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191707599 | DOI:
Virgin Authority and its Transmission

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This chapter explores the documentation and representation of virgin authority in the form of abbess sanctity, and especially the availability of models and precedents for female achievement. It argues that although institutional resources for women did not generally support full versions of the hagiographic and historiographic genres of male monasticism, there are still some relatively unexplored sources for women both in Latin and in Anglo–Norman. The chapter focuses on three British virgin abbess lives and miracles that were read in the nunnery of Campsey.

Keywords: virgin authority; abbess; nunnery; Campsey

Chapter.  19004 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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