Husbands and Priests

in The Masculine Self in Late Medieval England

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780226569550
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226569598 | DOI:
Husbands and Priests

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This chapter examines the concept of masculinity in medieval England in the context of husbands and priests. It argues that a man who behaves irresponsibly with respect to household and property diminishes his masculine identity. The chapter also explains that demonstrated genital sexual activity was neither the center nor the linchpin of a masculine identity. Consequently, even a celibate clergyman had investments in the values of husbandry and mature masculinity.

Keywords: masculinity; medieval England; husbands; priests; sexual activity; masculine identity; celibate clergyman; husbandry

Chapter.  29909 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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