This project analyzes the perception of holiness in the texts of four late medieval
and early modern holy women. It argues that lived holiness was defined not by
strict religious standards, but by the reaction of the communities in which these
women lived and wrote. These reactions could be influenced by factors ranging
from the type of spiritual expression that was manifested to the political
circumstances in which the holy woman lived. These women used their texts as a
way to advocate for the holiness of their spiritual experiences and their lives.
University of Minnesota Ph.D. dissertation. August 2009. Major: English. Advisor: Rebecca Krug. 1 computer file (PDF); iv, 122 pages.
Howard, Amy Kathleen.
The word made flesh: the perception of holiness in the texts of late medieval and early modern holy women in England..
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