The Life of Christina of Markyate

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Author: Samuel Fanous,C. H. Talbot,Henrietta Leyser

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0192806777

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 100

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'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

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Author: C.H. Talbot

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780199556052

Category: Religion

Page: 144

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The remarkable story of twelfth-century recluse Christina of Markyate, her trials and temptations, who eventually founded a priory. The anonymous Life is a vivid social portrait of a medieval religious woman, a dramatic record of spiritual conviction against all odds.

Unquiet Women

From the Dusk of the Roman Empire to the Dawn of the Enlightenment

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Author: Max Adams

Publisher: Head of Zeus Ltd

ISBN: 1788543408

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

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Unquiet Women is an exquisitely crafted patchwork of the forgotten lives of some of the most remarkable women in history. Wynflæd was an Anglo-Saxon noblewoman who owned male slaves and badger-skin gowns; Egeria a Gaulish nun who toured the Holy Land as the Roman Empire was collapsing; Gudrid an Icelandic explorer and the first woman to give birth to a European child on American soil; Mary Astell a philosopher who out-thought John Locke. In this exploration of the lives of women living between the last days of Rome and the Enlightenment, Max Adams triumphantly overturns the idea that women of this period were either queens, nuns or invisible. A kaleidoscopic study of women's creativity, intellect and influence, Unquiet Women brings to life the experiences of women whose stories are all too rarely told. Thanks to its author's rigorous work of rescue and recovery, their voices can be heard across the centuries – still passionate and still strong.

Christina of Markyate

A Twelfth-century Holy Woman

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Author: Samuel Fanous,Henrietta Leyser

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415308588

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 266

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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.

The Life of Christina of Markyate

A Twelfth Century Recluse

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Author: Charles H. Talbot,Medieval Academy of America

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9780802082022

Category: Religion

Page: 204

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"The Life of Christina of Markyate, a twelfth-century English recluse and later abbess of Markyate, near St A1bans, 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."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved