Christina of Markyate: A Twelfth-century Holy Woman

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Samuel Fanous, Henrietta Leyser
Psychology Press, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 266 pages
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Samuel Fanous and Henrietta Leyser present a vivid interdisciplinary study devoted to the life, work and extant vita of Christina of Markyate, which draws on research from a wide range of disciplines.

This fascinating and comprehensive collection surveys the life of an extraordinary medieval woman. Christina of Markyate made a vow of chastity at an early age, against the wishes of her parents who intended her to marry. When forced into wedlock, she fled in disguise and went into hiding, receiving refuge in a network of hermitages. Christina became a religious recluse and eventually founded a priory of nuns attached to St. Albans.

Beautifully illustrated, this book provides students who regularly encounter Christina with a research compendium from which to begin their studies, and introduces Christina to a wider audience.

 

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Contents

Dining at Markyate with Lady Christina
143
men women and spiritual direction
160
sexual desire and womens sanctity
184
the abbot and the anchoress
197
The Life of St Alexis 4751125
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About the author (2005)

Samuel Fanous is a tutor and lecturer in the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Oxford.
Henrietta Leyser is a tutor at St. Peter's College, University of Oxford, and the author of Medieval Women.

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