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Saint Perpetua across the Middle Ages

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This study traces the genealogy of Saint Perpetua's story with a straightforward yet previously overlooked question at its center:... Lire la suite
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This study traces the genealogy of Saint Perpetua's story with a straightforward yet previously overlooked question at its center: How was Perpetua remembered and to what uses was that memory put? One of the most popular and venerated saints from 200 CE to the thirteenth century, the story of Saint Perpetua was retold in dramatically different forms across the European Middle Ages. Her story begins in the arena at Carthage: a 22-year-old nursing mother named Vibia Perpetua was executed for being a Christian, leaving behind a self-authored account of her time in prison leading up to her martyrdom. By turns loving mother, militant gladiator, empathic young woman, or unattainable ideal, Saint Perpetua's story ultimately helps to trace the circulation of texts and the transformations of ideals of Christian womanhood between the third and thirteenth centuries.

Connects the story and retellings of Saint Perpetua to larger discussions about gender and its relationship to sainthood

Covers an expansive amount of time and research to show Saint Perpetua in her multiple roles

Offers the first fully-fledged genealogy of Saint Perpetua's story and her connection with memory.


Margaret Cotter-Lynch is Professor of English, Humanities, and Languages at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, USA. Her previous work includes Reading Memory and Identity in the Texts of Medieval European Holy Women, co-edited with Brad Herzog.


Table of Contents:


Introduction: Remembering Perpetua

Chapter 1: The Passio Perpetuae

Chapter 2: The Acta Perpetuae

Chapter 3: Saint Augustine's Sermons on Perpetua

Chapter 4: Perpetua in the Early Middle Ages

Chapter 5: Perpetua in Medieval England

Chapter 6: Perpetua in Dominican Legendaries and the Legenda Aurea

Conclusion: Perpetua Remembered

Informations sur le produit

Titre: Saint Perpetua across the Middle Ages
Code EAN: 9781349693740
ISBN: 134969374X
Format: Couverture cartonnée
Editeur: Palgrave Macmillan US
nombre de pages: 180
Poids: 241g
Taille: H210mm x B148mm x T9mm
Année: 2020
Auflage: 1st ed. 2016

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