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Feminine Sanctity and Spirituality in Medieval Wales by Jane Cartwright

Feminine Sanctity and Spirituality in Medieval Wales


Feminine Sanctity and Spirituality in Medieval Wales by Jane Cartwright

This illuminating volume sheds light on the religious women of medieval Wales, drawing on a wide range of sources from saints' lives and native poetry to holy wells and visual imagery. Feminine Sanctity and Spirituality in Medieval Wales explores the meanings, manifestations, and related iconography of feminine sanctity in a specifically Welsh context, including Welsh sources on the Virgin Mary, valuable insights into the history of Welsh nunneries, and commentary on some of the lesser-known Welsh women saints such as Dwynwen and Tudful. Of interest to anyone working in the field of medieval Christendom and women's studies, this volume draws powerful connections between Welsh source material and discoveries throughout England and Continental Europe.


There is no equivalent study of female sanctity in Wales in the English language...[and this book] will make a real contribution to a number of debates in British, European and North American scholarship[...]. The author now has an established reputation as the leading scholar (I would say in the world) in the field of female spirituality in medieval Wales.

Professor Diane Watt, Department of English, University of Wales Aberystwyth.

About the Author

Jane Cartwright is Professor in Welsh at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. She has published widely on saints' cults and hagiography.

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Publication date

1st August 2007


Jane Cartwright

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University of Wales Press


250 pages




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