Queens and virgins : portrayals of female sanctity in Merovingian Gaul

Petzl, Nicola Joy (2003). Queens and virgins : portrayals of female sanctity in Merovingian Gaul M.A. Thesis, School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics, The University of Queensland.

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Author Petzl, Nicola Joy
Thesis Title Queens and virgins : portrayals of female sanctity in Merovingian Gaul
School, Centre or Institute School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2003
Thesis type M.A. Thesis
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Supervisor John Moorhead
Total pages 152
Language eng
Subjects 21 History and Archaeology
Formatted abstract
The aim of this thesis is to examine select ideals of female sanctity current in Gaul in the sixth and seventh centuries and to interrogate the role that gender played in depictions of the female holy. Two of the broad paradigms that existed are explored, namely the saint-queen and the virgin saint. The main texts that are used in this study are the vitae of the saints Radegund (queen) and Glodesind, Burgundofara and Austreberta (virgins). The first two chapters concentrate on Radegund and explore the different ways she is depicted by her two hagiographers Venantius Fortunatus and the nun Baudonivia. The third chapter examines the model of sanctity embodied by Glodesind, Burgundofara and Austreberta through an exploration of a particular stereotype or topos, whereby the saint's parents oppose her religious vocation. This study demonstrates that depictions of female sanctity in Merovingian Gaul frequently resist the gender assumptions common to modem scholars. As the main source material used in this work are all vitae, this is also a study of the potential and problems that hagiographical sources pose to the historian. Each of the chapters approaches its source material differently and situates this approach in terms of the methodologies utilised by other scholars.
Keyword Radegunda, Queen, consort of Chlotar I, King of the Franks, d. 587
France -- History -- To 987

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