From Virile Woman to WomanChrist

"Barbara Newman has written an erudite and wonderful book. . . . From Virile Woman to WomanChrist should be required reading in every university-level women's studies course."—Caroline Walker Bynum, The Catholic Historical Review

From Virile Woman to WomanChrist
Studies in Medieval Religion and Literature

Barbara Newman

1995 | 424 pages | Cloth $49.95 | Paper $26.50
Women's Studies/Gender Studies | Religion
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Table of Contents


1. Flaws in the Golden Bowl: Gender and Spiritual Formation in the Twelfth Century
2. Authority, Authenticity, and the Repression of Heloise
3. "Crueel Corage": Child Sacrifice and the Maternal Martyr in Hagiography and Romance
4. On the Threshold of the Dead: Purgatory, Hell, and Religious Women
5. La Mystique Courtoise: Thirteenth-Century Beguines and the Art of Love
Excursus 1. Hadewijch and Abelard
Excursus 2. Gnostics, Free Spirits, and "Meister Eckhart's Daughter"
6. WomanSpirit, Woman Pope
7. Renaissance Feminism and Esoteric Theology: The Case of Cornelius Agrippa

Appendix A: Religious Literature of Formation, 1075-1225
Appendix B: Glossary of Religious Women
Works Cited