This collection brings together two flourishing areas of medieval scholarship: gender and religion. It examines gender-specific religious practices and contends that the pursuit of holiness can destabilise binary gender itself. Though saints may be classified as masculine or feminine, holiness may also cut across gender divisions and demand a break from normally gendered behaviour. This work of interdisciplinary cultural history includes contributions from historians, art historians and literary critics and will be of interest not only to medievalists, but also to students of religion and gender in any period.

chapter |8 pages

Introduction Gender and holiness

Performance and representation in the later Middle Ages
BySamantha J.E. Riches and Sarah Salih

chapter 1|14 pages

‘The law of sin that is in my members’

The problem of male embodiment
ByJacqueline Murray

chapter 3|13 pages

Virginal effects

Text and identity in Ancrene Wisse
ByAnke Bernau

chapter 4|16 pages

Pain, torture and death in the Huntington Library Legenda aurea

ByMartha Easton

chapter 5|21 pages

St George as a male virgin martyr

BySamantha J.E. Riches

chapter 6|15 pages

Becoming a virgin king

Richard II and Edward the Confessor
ByKatherine J. Lewis

chapter 7|20 pages

Female piety and impiety

Selected images of women in wall paintings in England after 1300
ByMiriam Gill

chapter 8|14 pages

Staging conversion: the Digby saint plays and The Book of Margery Kempe

The Digby saint plays and
ByThe Book of Margery Kempe Sarah Salih

chapter 9|17 pages

Gendering charity in medieval hagiography P . H . CULLUM

ByP. H. Cullum

chapter 10|22 pages

Ecce Homo

ByRobert Mills