Holy Motherhood: Gender, Dynasty and Visual Culture in the Later Middle Ages

書刊名 TitleHoly Motherhood: Gender, Dynasty and Visual Culture in the Later Middle Ages
作者 AuthorL’Estrange, Elizabeth
Manchester UP
出版年 Year2008
語言 LanguageEnglish
(10 / 13)
Bibliography Reference (STC, Duff, GW . . .)
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撰寫日期 DateNov. 16, 2016

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[Original description]
This study brings images of holy motherhood and childbearing into the centre of an art-historical enquiry, showing how images worked not only to script and maintain gender and social roles within patriarchal society, but also to offer viewers ways of managing those roles. Some of the manuscripts discussed are relatively unknown and their images and texts are made available to readers for the first time. Through an adaptation of Baxandall's 'period eye', the study considers the many 'cognitive habits' acquired by aristocratic lay women - and men - through familiarity with prayers for childbirth, the lying-in ceremony and the rite of churching. It then uses this methodology to interpret the images and prayers in six bespoke manuscripts, including the Fitzwilliam Hours and the Hours of Marguerite of Foix. The book will appeal to advanced students, academics and researchers of Art History, Illuminated Manuscripts, Medieval History and Gender Studies.
Elizabeth L'Estrange is an FNRS Post-Doctoral Fellow in History of Art at the University of Liège in Belgium.
List of illustrations
List of figures
Preface and acknowledgements
Family trees of the houses of France, Anjou, Brittany and Burgundy
Part I Gender, agency and the interpretation of material culture
The situational eye: viewing, gender and response in the later middle ages
De conceptione ad partum: saints, treatises and prayers for successful childbirth
The lying-in month and the rite of churching: post-partum rituals and the material culture of childbearing
Part II Manuscript case studies from the houses of Anjou, Brittany and France
Holy mothers, sainted monarchs and beata stirps: the Fitzwilliam Hours and Books of Hours for the house of Anjou
Steriles fecundas fecisti: viewing and reading holy motherhood in the manuscripts of four duchesses of Brittany
Appendix I: prayer and translation from the Hours of Marguerite of Foix
Appendix II: prayer and translation from the Prayer Book of Anne of Brittany 
January Winner of the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship First Book Prize