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Between Exaltation and Infamy: Female Mystics in the Golden Age of Spain

Stephen Haliczer


Within a culture of male domination, women in the period of the Counter‐Reformation achieved recognition and status as mystics, and their influence extended to all realms of society, including the aristocracy. A mystic's acceptance, however, was predicated upon her strict adherence to ecclesiastical orthodoxy and hierarchy. Further, her childhood and adult convent life were marked by excessive austerity and, in many instances, abuse. If the mystic had a proper pedigree, succeeded in building a support system of male authorities, and could demonstrate her divine favor through visions and miracl ... More

Keywords: canonized, convent, Counter‐Reformation, Inquisition, mystics, saints, Spain, visions, women

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195148633
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195148630.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Haliczer, author
Northern Illinois University
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