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The Legacy of Paradise

Marriage, Motherhood and Woman in Carolingian Edifying Literature

Katrien Heene

Within the framework of the Carolingian religious and moral reform (750-900) various measures were taken which had direct or indirect implications for the experience of sexuality among the laity as well as among the religious. Those and other measures also influenced the position of women both in the Church and in the world. Taking the Church Fathers as points of reference, this book offers a detailed analysis of the view of marriage, sexuality, motherhood and women as constructed in Latin edifying writings of the time, i.e. hagiographical texts, moral treatises and sermons. By studying the ideas and opinions of the male religious authors of these texts the author aims to examine whether and, if so, to what extent the attitude of the Carolingian Church was inspired by feelings of misogyny and misogamy. In writings addressing the lay public such feelings may have been hidden for pastoral reasons. Therefore attention was more particularly paid to the presence of misogyny and misogamy in texts which were chiefly written for religious readers. In the last analysis the overall attitude towards women-related matters turns out to be different and in many respects more positive than the one found in the writings of the Fathers and of many medieval male religious authors. To explain this phenomenon the author puts forward a number of socio-cultural and psychological arguments.


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c (1) ~ tO -'= v "' c (1) "' "' ·-s - '-~ '-(1) -'= v "' ·-:ta c. 0 '- ::::s w C\ c tO ...I Stephan Maksymiuk The Court Magician in Medieval German Romance Frankfurt/M., Berlin, Bern, New York, Paris, Wien, 1996. IX, 185 pp. Mikrokosmos. Beitrage zur Literaturwissenschaft und Bedeutungsforschung. Edited by Wolfgang Harms. Vol. 44 ISBN 3-631-30099-9 · pb. OM 65.-* US-ISBN 0-8204-3176-1 The presence of magicians at the feudal court seems to be an odd anomaly. Yet magic in medieval culture was not something practiced by hags and wild men in forests: it was a political force. This study examines how learned and popular culture interacted to create the medieval mentality that equated learning and statecraft with magic. It focuses on how this idea was embodied in historical court magicians and how court magicians were portrayed in literature. Taking Medieval German romance as a point of departure, it explores the concept of knowledge as magic in order to gain new insight into the nature of power, its exercise and representation in the Middle Ages. Contents: The Predecessors of the Court Magician: Magical Administrators in Roman, Celtic and Germanic Society· Medieval Christian Responses to Magical Knowledge · The Adaptation and Transformation of Magical Concepts in Medieval Court Society · Lanzelet · Parzival · Wigalois · Diu Crone · Wilhelm von Osterreich FrankfurVM · Berlin · Bern · New York · Paris Wien Distribution: Verlag Peter Lang AG Jupiterstr. 15, CH-3000 Bern 15 Tel. (004131) 9402131 *includes value added tax Our prices are subject to change...

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