A King, Not a Servant

the Prose Life of St Katherine of Alexandria and Ideologies of Masculinity in Late Medieval England

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Abstract

St Katherine of Alexandria was the most popular female saint in late-medieval England. Studies to date have often focused on her relevance to women and considered what her life and cult tells us about ideologies of femininity. However, St Katherine was also a very popular saint with male devotees, and in some instances copies of her life are known to have been owned by individual men. Therefore this essay uses the popular fifteenth-century prose life of St Katherine to explore the contribution that interactions between piety and masculinity made to the social self-fashioning of affluent urban lay men. Drawing on ideologies of ideal kingship and their predication on masculine norms, it argues that the relevance of St Katherine to this type of man derives from her status as an exemplary ruler, especially the account of her household management.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHagiography and the History of Latin Christendom, 500–1500
EditorsSamantha Kahn Herrick
Place of PublicationLeiden & Boston
PublisherBrill Academic Publishers
Pages397-416
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9789004417472
ISBN (Print)9789004417267
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2 Dec 2019

Publication series

NameReading Medieval Sources
PublisherBrill Publishers
Volume4
ISSN (Print)2589-2509

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Servants
Medieval England
Prose
Masculinity
Ideology
Late Medieval Period
Saints
Ruler
Kingship
Cult
Interaction
Household Management
Devotees
Masculine
Self-fashioning
Femininity
Piety

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Lewis, K. J. (2019). A King, Not a Servant: the Prose Life of St Katherine of Alexandria and Ideologies of Masculinity in Late Medieval England. In S. Kahn Herrick (Ed.), Hagiography and the History of Latin Christendom, 500–1500 (pp. 397-416). (Reading Medieval Sources; Vol. 4). Leiden & Boston: Brill Academic Publishers. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004417472_021
Lewis, Katherine J. / A King, Not a Servant : the Prose Life of St Katherine of Alexandria and Ideologies of Masculinity in Late Medieval England. Hagiography and the History of Latin Christendom, 500–1500. editor / Samantha Kahn Herrick. Leiden & Boston : Brill Academic Publishers, 2019. pp. 397-416 (Reading Medieval Sources).
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Hagiography and the History of Latin Christendom, 500–1500. ed. / Samantha Kahn Herrick. Leiden & Boston : Brill Academic Publishers, 2019. p. 397-416 (Reading Medieval Sources; Vol. 4).

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Lewis KJ. A King, Not a Servant: the Prose Life of St Katherine of Alexandria and Ideologies of Masculinity in Late Medieval England. In Kahn Herrick S, editor, Hagiography and the History of Latin Christendom, 500–1500. Leiden & Boston: Brill Academic Publishers. 2019. p. 397-416. (Reading Medieval Sources). https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004417472_021