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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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Virgin Authority and its Transmission

Virgin Authority and its Transmission

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(p.189) 6 Virgin Authority and its Transmission
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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/9780198112792.003.0007

This chapter explores the documentation and representation of virgin authority in the form of abbess sanctity, and especially the availability of models and precedents for female achievement. It argues that although institutional resources for women did not generally support full versions of the hagiographic and historiographic genres of male monasticism, there are still some relatively unexplored sources for women both in Latin and in Anglo–Norman. The chapter focuses on three British virgin abbess lives and miracles that were read in the nunnery of Campsey.

Keywords:   virgin authority, abbess, nunnery, Campsey

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