Start Date

19-5-2021 2:45 PM

End Date

19-5-2021 4:00 PM

Disciplines

European History | History | History of Religion | Medieval History

Subjects

Mysticism, Medieval Europe, Women, Religion

Description

First Corinthians 14:34 tells us, “let your women keep silence in the churches for it is not permitted unto them to speak.” But what happened when medieval women in the 12-15th centuries did speak, and what techniques did they apply to gain credibility? This paper explores the various methods (along with cultural aspects such as the appearance of piousness) women mystics utilized to gain power within the Church in a time when their voices were silenced, and the factors that allowed individuals such as Catherine of Siena to gain incredible influence where individuals like Joan of Arc were burned at the stake.

Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/35638

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May 19th, 2:45 PM May 19th, 4:00 PM

Session 2: Panel 1: Presenter 1 (Paper) -- The Struggle of the Soul Medieval Women Mystics and the Constraints of the Orthodoxy

First Corinthians 14:34 tells us, “let your women keep silence in the churches for it is not permitted unto them to speak.” But what happened when medieval women in the 12-15th centuries did speak, and what techniques did they apply to gain credibility? This paper explores the various methods (along with cultural aspects such as the appearance of piousness) women mystics utilized to gain power within the Church in a time when their voices were silenced, and the factors that allowed individuals such as Catherine of Siena to gain incredible influence where individuals like Joan of Arc were burned at the stake.