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Medieval Mothering (John Carmi Parsons) Paperback Book, (Routledge, 1999) 9780815336655

Title: Medieval Mothering

Author: Parsons, John Carmi

Additional Authors or Contributors: Bonnie Wheeler (eds)

Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis; Publication Date: 1999

Paperback; ISBN: 9780815336655

Volumes: 1; Pages: 384

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n 19 original essays, this study offers a broad range of approaches to medieval society's undertanding of mothering and the uses to which the practice and imagery of mothering could be assumed by females and males alike. Theoretical essays examine medical and literary sources to establish that for male commentators, the narrowly biological, female parameters of maternity were insistently supplanted by images of nurturant mothering, an ungendered activity that could be preempted and associated with male behavior. The remainder focus on representations of motherhood in Old Norse and Icelandic literatures, and on record evidence for the maternal behavior of actual mothers in medieval France, England, and Spain.

"The editors are to be congratulated on the sensitivity with which they have placed the essays in linked groupings, and the individual contributors on their scholarship. The essays are highly readable and, as well as being insightful, provide excellent guidelines for future study."--Parergon

"The collection provides an exciting and insightful overview of medieval mothering, one that significantly enhances our appreciation of both the medieval theory and practice of this complex activity."--The Medieval Review

Table of Contents

Introduction: Medieval Mothering, Medieval Motherers, John C. Parsons and Bonnie Wheeler

Abbreviations; Nurturing Danger: High Medieval Medicine and the Problem(s) of the Child, William F. MacLehose

Milk of Christ: Herzeloyd' as Spiritual Symbol in Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival, Patricia Ann Quatirin

Pregnant Queen as Counsellor and the Medieval Construction of Motherhood, John C. Parsons

Occlusion of Maternity in Chaucer's Clerk's Tale, Allyson Newton

Maternal Behavior of God: Divine Father as Fantasy Husband, Pamela Sheingorn

Joseph as Mother: Adaptation and Appropriation in the Construction of Male Virtue, Rosemary Drage Hale

Is Mother Superior?: Towards a History of Feminine Amtscharism, Felice Lifshitz

Maternity in Aelred of Rievaulx's Letter to His Sister, Susanna Greer Fein

"In the Meyden's Womb": Julian of Norwich and the Poetics of Enclosure, Maud Burnett McInerney

Inverted Metaphor: Earthly Mothering as Figura of Divine Love in Julian of Norwich's Book of Showings, Andrew Sprung

Old Norse Motherhood, Jenny Jochens

Viking's Mother: Relations Between Mothers and Their Grown Sons in Icelandic Sagas, Stephan Grundy

Female Networks for Fostering Lady Lisle's Daughters, Barbara A. Hanawalt

Looking for Grandmothers: The Pastons and Their Counterparts in Late Medieval England, Joel Rosenthal

Empress Matilda and Her Sons, Marjorie Chibnall

Public Lives, Private Ties: Royal Mothers in England and Scotland, 1070--1204, Lois L. Huneycutt

Adela of Blois as Mother and Countess, Kimberley A. LoPrete

Berenguela of Castile's Political Motherhood: The Management of Sexuality, Marriage, and Succession, Miriam Shadis

Family Romance of Guibert of Nogent: His Story/Her Story, Nancy Partner


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