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Forgetful of Their Sex: Female Sanctity and Society, ca. 500-1100 [Paperback]

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In this remarkable study of over 2,200 female and male saints, Jane Schulenburg explores women's status and experience in early medieval society and in the Church by examining factors such as family wealth and power, patronage, monasticism, virginity, and motherhood. The result is a unique depiction of the lives of these strong, creative, independent-minded women who achieved a visibility in their society that led to recognition of sanctity.
"A tremendous piece of scholarship. . . . This journey through more than 2,000 saints is anything but dull. Along the way, Schulenburg informs our ideas regarding the role of saints in the medieval psyche, gender-specific identification, and the heroics of virginity." --"Library Journal"
" This book] will be a kind of 'roots' experience for some readers. They will hear the voices, haunted and haunting, of their distant ancestors and understand more about themselves." --"Christian Science Monitor"
"This fascinating book reaches far beyond the history of Christianity to recreate the 'herstory' of a whole gender." --Kate Saunders, "The Independent"

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Item Specifications...

Studio: University Of Chicago Press
Pages   595
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.96" Width: 6.06" Height: 1.33"
Weight:   1.77 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2001
Publisher   University Of Chicago Press
Edition  New  
ISBN  0226740544  
ISBN13  9780226740546  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jane Tibbetts Schulenburg is a professor of history in the Department of Liberal Studies, Division of Continuing Studies, Women's Studies, and Medieval Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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6Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Catholicism > Saints
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Outstanding Resource  Jan 24, 2004
FORGETFUL OF THEIR SEX is a truly outstanding resource to those interested in female sanctity and the history of women in general, as well as the history of women and the Christian church. This book came to me highly recommended and did not disappoint. In a decade that has offered so much by the way of investigative scholarship of women's monastic and religious history, this book is a stand-out. This book is by and large very accessible and in general a great read. I especially appreciated the many specific examples and stories included in the text.

While I think this book is terrific for the scholar and amateur historian alike, it is clearly a book of scholarship with a fantastic bib, index and good notes to the text. My only complaint is in the lack of translation of some Latin and German terms and quotations, although the problem is minimal by comparison with some other books of this sort I have seen. Tibbetts does attempt to put terms into appropriate context, and overall, the lack of translation was not problematic enough for me want to reduce my rating to four stars.


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