Marrying Jesus in Medieval and Early Modern Northern Europe: by Rabia Gregory PDF

By Rabia Gregory

the 1st full-length examine of the concept of marriage to Jesus in overdue medieval and early sleek pop culture, this booklet treats the transmission and transformation of rules approximately this idea as a case research within the formation of spiritual trust and pop culture. Marrying Jesus in Medieval and Early smooth Northern Europe presents a background of the dispersion of theology in regards to the bride of Christ within the interval among the 12th and 17th centuries and explains how this metaphor, before everything devised for a non secular elite, grew to become crucial to the laity's pursuit of salvation. in contrast to fresh courses at the bride of Christ, which discover the gendering of sanctity or the poetics of spiritual eroticism, it is a research of well known faith advised via devotional media and different applied sciences of salvation. Marrying Jesus argues opposed to the heteronormative interpretation that brides of Christ might be lady by means of reconstructing the cultural creation of brides of Christ in overdue medieval Europe. A crucial statement of this booklet is that via the fourteenth century, worldly, sexually lively brides of Christ, either female and male, have been not aberrations. reading understudied vernacular resources from the overdue medieval interval - together with sermons, early revealed books, non secular diaries, letters, songs, and hagiographies - Rabia Gregory indicates how marrying Jesus was once imperative to overdue medieval lay piety, and the way the 'chaste' bride of Christ constructed out of sixteenth-century spiritual disputes.

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