The Manly Priest

The Manly Priest examines the clerical celibacy movement in medieval England and Normandy, which produced a new model of religious masculinity for the priesthood and resulted in social tension and conflict as traditional norms of masculine behavior were radically altered for this group of men.

The Manly Priest
Clerical Celibacy, Masculinity, and Reform in England and Normandy, 1066-1300

Jennifer D. Thibodeaux

2015 | 240 pages | Cloth $65.00
History / Religion / Women's Studies/Gender Studies
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Table of Contents

Introduction. Gendered Bodies and Gendered Identities
Chapter 1. The Manly Celibate
Chapter 2. Legal Discourse and the Reality of Clerical Marriage
Chapter 3. The Marginality of Clerical Sons
Chapter 4. "The Natural Right of a Man": The Clerical Defense of Traditional Masculinity
Chapter 5. "They ought to be a model and example": The Expansion of Religious Manliness
Chapter 6. Policing Priestly Bodies: The Conflict of Masculinities Among the Norman Parish Clergy
Conclusion. The Manly Priest