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On the Purification of Women

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This book is a social history of the ritual and custom of churching, a liturgical rite of purification after childbirth performed on a woman's first visit to church after giving birth. The book describes the development of the rite from its original meaning as a response to blood pollution to its redefinition as a rite that honoured marriage.

"An important part of the success of Rieder's study is her emphasis on the possiblities for women to take a seemingly prescriptive ceremony and imbue it with their own meanings....Rieder successfully insists on the alternative meanings of churching." - Medieval Feminist Forum"Paula M. Rieder's learned, careful book examining the ritual reincorporation of postpartum mothers into the parishes of medieval France offers a useful corrective to the broad generalizations about churching, a topic that has become visible only recently.....Certainly, the book offers a useful model for the kind of painstaking research that is needed to fully understand the churching of women in medieval Europe." - The American Historical Review

"In her investigation of the rite of churching that dates to the early Middle Ages, Rieder sheds light on a custom that influenced medieval attitudes and values and reinforced the social order. The approach the author takes is interdisciplinary, consistent with the general thrust of the new series, and, therefore, the work is of interest to specialists in gender studies and to sociologists, as well as historians." - The European Legacy



Auteur
PAULA RIEDER is Assistant Professor at University of Nebraska, USA.

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"On the Purification of Women" examines the medieval ritual of churching, a rite of purification after childbirth performed on a woman's first visit to church after giving birth. The book describes the development of the rite from its original meaning as a response to blood pollution to its redefinition as a rite honoring marriage. This redefinition, accomplished within the heated context of twelfth-century Church reforms, promoted lay conformity with the Church's understanding of marriage and allowed the Church to use the ritual as a disciplinary tool with important consequences for the lives of women and men in late medieval France.


Contenu
Introduction Cum Lumine et Oblatione: The Origins of Churching in France Ob Honorem Sacramenti Matrimonii: The Redefinition of Churching Quia Pollutae et Peccatrices Erant: Clerical Views of Churching Salvam Fac Famulam Tuam, Domine: The Liturgical Ritual of Churching Si Vero Mulier Gravi Infirmitate: The Ritual of Churching for Ill Mothers Toute Bonne Femme Doit Touzjours Rendre Graces à Dieu: Churching as a Women's Rite Pour le Jour de la Feste des Dites Relevailles: Churching, Honor, and Social Order Epilogue and Conclusions Bibliography

Informations sur le produit

Titre: On the Purification of Women
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Code EAN: 9781403969699
ISBN: 978-1-4039-6969-9
Format: Livre Relié
Editeur: Springer Palgrave Macmillan
Genre: Histoire
nombre de pages: 257
Poids: 439g
Taille: H21mm x B226mm x T151mm
Année: 2011
Auflage: 2011

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