Title

Mary Or Michael? Saint-switching, Gender, And Sanctity In A Medieval Miracle Of Childbirth

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1-2005

Publication Title

Church History

Department

History

Abstract

The article explores how medieval clerical writers and their audiences might have understood the implications of saint-switching in the miracle known as the Peril. Miracles like the Peril comprise a rich and still relatively unexplored trove of textual evidence for the history of medieval mentalities. The author suggests some ways in which a close reading of these two competing versions of the Peril might further the current understanding, as of 2005, of medieval definitions of gendered sanctity and gendered sin.

Volume

74

Issue

4

pp.

758-783

ISSN

0009-6407