Clergy, Masculinity and Transgression in Late Medieval England

Patricia H. Cullum

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Where did the secular clergy of the later Middle Ages fit into the gender order of their time? In the previous chapter Robert Swanson discussed medieval theoretical, and especially theological, conceptions of the gender identity of the clergy; in this chapter I shall explore some of the practical implications of the acquisition of clerical gender identity through the examination of a series of detailed case studies from late medieval England. In particular, I shall discuss the means by which gender identity was inculcated, ways in which clerical gender identity contrasted and conflicted with lay societal ideas of appropriate masculine behaviour, and the responses (of both laity and clergy) to transgressions of expected clerical behaviour.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMasculinity in Medieval Europe
EditorsDawn Hadley
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781315840475
ISBN (Print)9781138145436, 9780582316454
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 1998

Publication series

NameWomen And Men In History


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