Negotiating Clerical Identities: Priests, Monks and

Clerics within the center a while have been subjected to differing beliefs of masculinity, either from in the Church and from lay society. The historians during this quantity interrogate the which means of masculine id for the medieval clergy, by way of contemplating quite a lot of resources, time sessions and geographical contexts.

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21. See James Brundage, Law, Sex and Christian Society in Medieval Europe (Chicago, 1987), passim, for an overview of the development of canon law on this subject. 1057/9780230290464 - Negotiating Clerical Identities, Edited by Jennifer D. com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromsoe - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-08 Jennifer D. Thibodeaux What Can Historians Do with Clerical Masculinity? 1 Tosh’s eloquent argument that historians must recognize the complexity and multivalence of masculine identity has lost none of its relevance.

6 The Reformation, one might suppose, had a double-edged and contradictory effect on the gender profile of clergymen. 7 And yet, the fact that the clergy were made to live like laymen did not mean that popular perception in the long run universally accepted them as masculine. 8 One doubts that the senior Thompson was alone among his contemporaries, and I think a faint (or not so faint) echo of this belief resonates still in our gendered assumptions. Where the Protestant clergy are concerned, certainly in the AngloAmerican world, I think the crucial moment in warping our perceptions, in making us set clergymen apart, is not the sixteenth century, but the nineteenth.

11. html). 12. Early work on medieval masculinity made assumptions like this: JoAnn McNamara, ‘The Herrenfrage: The Restructuring of the Gender System, 1050– 1150’, in Medieval Masculinities: Regarding Men in the Middle Ages, ed. Clare A. N. 1057/9780230290464 - Negotiating Clerical Identities, Edited by Jennifer D. com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromsoe - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-08 34 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 35 and Masculinity from Gregorian Reform to Reformation’, in Masculinity in Medieval Europe, ed.

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