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Gender and the Initial Christianization of Northern Europe (to 1000 CE)

Lisa Bitel

in The Oxford Handbook of Women and Gender in Medieval Europe

Published in print August 2013 | ISBN: 9780199582174
Published online January 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199582174.013.012

Series: Oxford Handbooks in History

Gender and the Initial Christianization of Northern Europe (to 1000 CE)

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Traditional histories of Europe's initial Christianization have focused on clerical preaching and the establishment of church institutions. However, by looking through the lens of gender at Christianity as men and women alike came to live it on a daily basis, historians can gain a better idea of the extent of women's participation in historical religious changes. Men and women carried Christianity to Europe—in the form of beliefs, rituals, and doctrines, but also as objects, relationships, spaces, and daily routines—over many centuries.

Keywords: Christianization; gender ideology; lived religion; missionaries; monasticism; proselytization; sexuality

Article.  8160 words. 

Subjects: History ; Gender and Sexuality ; Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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