Mary Or Michael? Saint-switching, Gender, And Sanctity In A Medieval Miracle Of Childbirth
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.
Smith, Katherine Allen. 2005. "Mary or Michael? Saint-Switching, Gender, and Sanctity in a Medieval Miracle of Childbirth." Church History 74(4): 758-783.