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Saints' Lives and Women's Literary Culture, 1150-1300Virginity and its Authorizations$
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Jocelyn Wogan-Browne

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198112792

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112792.001.0001

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Beyond Enclosure: The Lives of a Widow

Beyond Enclosure: The Lives of a Widow

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(p.151) 5 Beyond Enclosure: The Lives of a Widow
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Saints' Lives and Women's Literary Culture, 1150-1300
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JOCELYN WOGAN-BROWNE

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112792.003.0006

This chapter looks at religious and literary patronage in the numerically small but significant number of Anglo–Norman widows who avoided remarriage. It considers the career of a prominent widow and patroness, Isabella, Countess of Arundel, and the overlap in her texts with those of female community on the one hand, and the court on the other. It explores the common concerns of women and churchmen with the discourse of male continence and asceticism, especially in the representation of contemporary ecclesiastical courier saints.

Keywords:   virginity, virgins, religious patronage, literary patronage, widows, Isabella Countess of Arundel

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