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dc.contributor.authorClark, Katherine
dc.date.accessioned2021-09-07T17:44:29Z
dc.date.available2021-09-07T17:44:29Z
dc.date.issued1/1/2010
dc.identifier.citationOriginally published in: Quidditas 31:1 (2010) The Journal of the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association, 22-76.
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12648/2384
dc.description.abstractThe idea of the widow in communal memory and historical writing was a resonant and multi-faceted concept for monastic writers of the Middle Ages. This essay focuses on the function and meaning of widowhood in two examples of early medieval historical writing, by one male and one female author, to illustrate how monastic authors engaged significant and enduring aspects of widowhood during the Western European Middle Ages to construct institutional histories. Images of female memory and widowed piety (especially because the widow represented the Church who awaited her spouse, Christ) were useful in describing the experiences of women who held important associations for monastic institutions: the resonances of the Scriptural vere vidua transformed female founders’ previous experiences with worldly marriage into a sacralized state of chastity and remembrance in widowhood, and facilitated such women’s presence in the community’s historical memory.
dc.titlePutting on the Garment of Widowhood: Medieval Widows, Monastic Memory, and Historical Writing
dc.typearticle
dc.source.journaltitleQuidditas
dc.source.volume31
dc.source.issue1
refterms.dateFOA2021-09-07T17:44:29Z
dc.description.institutionSUNY Brockport
dc.source.peerreviewedTRUE
dc.source.statuspublished
dc.description.publicationtitleHistory Faculty Publications
dc.contributor.organizationThe College at Brockport
dc.languate.isoen_US


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