Secretaries of God : women prophets in late medieval and early modern England

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Secretaries of God : women prophets in late medieval and early modern England

Diane Watt

D.S. Brewer, 1997

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The Library of medieval women

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Series title on jacket: The Library of medieval women

Originally presented as the author's thesis (doctoral)

Includes bibliographical references (p. 164-188) and index

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内容説明

The author aims to set aside the conventional hiatus between the medieval and early modern periods in her study of women's prophecy, following the female experience from medieval sainthood to radical Protestantism. The English women prophets and visionaries whose voices are recovered here all lived between the 12th and the 17th centuries and claimed, through the medium of trances and eucharistic piety, to speak for God. They include Margery Kempe and the medieval visionaries, Elizabeth Barton (the "Holy Maid of Kent"), the Reformation martyr Anne Askew and other godly women described in John Foxe's "Acts and Monuments", and Lady Eleanor Davies as an example of a woman prophet of the Civil War. The uncertainties surrounding their words and their dissemination are analyzed, and the strategies women devised to be heard and read are exposed, showing that through prophecy they were often able to intervene in the religious and political discourse of their times; the role of God's secretary gave them the opportunity to act and speak autonomously and publicly.

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