The Life of Christina of Markyate

The Life of Christina of Markyate
Author : Samuel Fanous
Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages : 100
Release : 2008
ISBN 10 : 9780192806772
ISBN 13 : 0192806777
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Life of Christina of Markyate Book Description:

'I wish to remain single, for I have made a vow of virginity.' This is the remarkable story of the twelfth-century recluse Christina, who became prioress of Markyate, near St Albans in Hertfordshire. Determined to devote her life to God and to remain a virgin, Christina repulses the sexual advances of the bishop of Durham. In revenge he arranges her betrothal to a young nobleman but Christina steadfastly refuses to consummate the marriage and defies her parents' cruel coercion. Sustained by visions, she finds refuge with the hermit Roger, and lives concealed at Markyate for four years, enduring terrible physical and emotional torment. Eventually Christina is supported by the abbot of St Albans, and her reputation as a person of great holiness spreads far and wide. Written with striking candour by Christina's anonymous biographer, the vividness and compelling detail of this account make it a social document as much as a religious one. Christina's trials of the flesh andspirit exist against a backdrop of scheming and corruption and all-too-human greed.

The Life of Christina of Markyate

The Life of Christina of Markyate
Author : Medieval Academy of America
Publisher : University of Toronto Press
Total Pages : 204
Release : 1998-01-01
ISBN 10 : 0802082025
ISBN 13 : 9780802082022
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Life of Christina of Markyate Book Description:

"The Life of Christina of Markyate", a twelfth-century English recluse and later abbess of Markyate near St Albans, is a remarkable example of late medieval hagiography. Originally written at the time of or soon after Christina's death in the twelfth century, the Life is unusual both in its relative lack of miracles, and in the unknown author's decision to write Christina's life factually rather than gathering together stock elements from previously written saint's lives, as was the custom. First published in 1959, this edition contains the original Latin text with a facing-page English translation. It is accompanied by a comprehensive Introduction that discusses the codicological problems of the text, and provides other contextual and background material. 'One of the great virtues of this Life is its vivid revelations of Christina's personal circumstances, which must have been based on her own reminiscences. Although doubts have been cast on her veracity ... they do not affect the main lines of the extraordinary story she told the author.' From the General Editors' Note

Christina of Markyate

Christina of Markyate
Author : Samuel Fanous
Publisher : Psychology Press
Total Pages : 266
Release : 2005
ISBN 10 : 0415308585
ISBN 13 : 9780415308588
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Christina of Markyate Book Description:

Beautifully illustrated, and drawing on research from a wide range of disciplines, this interdisciplinary study provides students with a fascinating and comprehensive collection that surveys the life of an extraordinary medieval woman.

The St Albans Psalter

The St Albans Psalter
Author : Jane Geddes
Publisher : British Library Board
Total Pages : 136
Release : 2005
ISBN 10 : UOM:39015064904249
ISBN 13 :
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The St Albans Psalter Book Description:

The St Albans Psalter, made in the 1130s, is one of the great monuments of English Romanesque painting and has survived the disasters of religious upheaval and war in pristine condition. The sequence of forty full-page miniatures illustrating the Life of Christ establishes their artist, the so-called Alexis Master, as one of the most influential painters in early twelfth-century England. It includes 215 initials illustrating the psalms in a vigorously literal way. Their inventiveness and charm belie the complex theological and personal messages which they convey. This new book by Dr. Jane Geddes is the first to reproduce so much of the psalter in color, but it also fully integrates the psalter's contents into the historical context of its probable patron, Abbot Geoffrey of St Albans and its recipient, the Anglo-Saxon hermitess Christina of Markyate. Using a record of Christina's life, written by a St Albans monk, the book examines in depth every aspect of the psalter, tying it in closely to the lives of Christina of Markyate and Abbot Geoffrey. Through her close analysis, Geddes provides a profound insight into female literacy, Anglo-Norman relations, the organization of England's premier scriptorium, monk-nun relations and the emerging Anglo-Norman language. This new book demonstrates the significance of the St Albans Psalter, which in social terms is as important as the Bayeux Tapestry, crystallising the artistic, spiritual and emotional integration of Anglo-Saxons and Normans.

The Life of Christina of Markyate

The Life of Christina of Markyate
Author : Charles H. Talbot
Publisher :
Total Pages : 204
Release : 1998
ISBN 10 : OCLC:1035891038
ISBN 13 :
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Life of Christina of Markyate Book Description:

The Life of Christina of Markyate

The Life of Christina of Markyate
Author : Charles Hugh Talbot
Publisher :
Total Pages : 194
Release : 1959
ISBN 10 : OCLC:250962184
ISBN 13 :
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Medieval Women s Writing

Medieval Women s Writing
Author : Diane Watt
Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages : 216
Release : 2013-04-18
ISBN 10 : 9780745657639
ISBN 13 : 074565763X
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Medieval Women s Writing Book Description:

Medieval Women's Writing is a major new contribution to our understanding of women's writing in England, 1100-1500. The most comprehensive account to date, it includes writings in Latin and French as well as English, and works for as well as by women. Marie de France, Clemence of Barking, Julian of Norwich, Margery Kempe, and the Paston women are discussed alongside the Old English lives of women saints, The Life of Christina of Markyate, the St Albans Psalter, and the legends of women saints by Osbern Bokenham. Medieval Women's Writing addresses these key questions: Who were the first women authors in the English canon? What do we mean by women's writing in the Middle Ages? What do we mean by authorship? How can studying medieval writing contribute to our understanding of women's literary history? Diane Watt argues that female patrons, audiences, readers, and even subjects contributed to the production of texts and their meanings, whether written by men or women. Only an understanding of textual production as collaborative enables us to grasp fully women's engagement with literary culture. This radical rethinking of early womens literary history has major implications for all scholars working on medieval literature, on ideas of authorship, and on women's writing in later periods. The book will become standard reading for all students of these debates.