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By Clare A. Lees

First released in 2001, Double brokers was the 1st book-length research of ladies in Anglo-Saxon written tradition that took at the insights supplied by way of modern severe and feminist thought, and it speedy verified itself as a typical. Now on hand back, it complicates the exclusion of girls from the historic checklist of Anglo-Saxon England via tackling the deeper questions in the back of how the female is modeled, used, and made metaphoric in Anglo-Saxon texts, even if the ladies themselves are absent.

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The proof of Whitby’s excellence is the fact that it fostered five bishops, all of whom are named unlike those aristocrats who sought her advice – Bosa, Ætla, Oftfor, John of Beverly and Wilfrid of York – and two of whom are given their own narratives in EH 5. 2–7; 19. Mother, founder, educator, not principal agent: this is how Bede chooses to remember Hild. PATRISTIC MATERNITY 33 Just how influential was Bede’s Life of Hild in the Anglo-Saxon period? Unlike other saints, both male and female, in the early AngloSaxon church – Cuthbert, Oswald, or Æthelthryth, for example – there is little evidence for a widespread Anglo-Saxon cult.

See ‘On the Margin: Postmodernism, Ironic History, and Medieval Studies’, Stephen G. ), The New Philology, Speculum 65 (1990), 100. : University of Notre Dame Press, 1994), p. 242. For similar elisions on work on the body, see Caroline Walker Bynum, Fragmentation and Redemption: Essays on Gender and the Human Body in Medieval Religion (New York: Zone Books, 1992) and The Resurrection of the Body in Western Christianity, 200–1336 (New York: Columbia University Press, 1995); Sarah Kay and Miri Rubin (eds), Framing Medieval Bodies (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1994); Linda Lomperis and Sarah Stanbury (eds), Feminist Approaches to the Body in Medieval Literature (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1993).

We historicize such originary narratives in order to situate their power and to theorize the continued production of their meaning in contemporary critical discourse. In other words, we have one eye firmly on the past and the other firmly on the present: we wish to appropriate the patriarchal myth of the origins of Old English poetry and suggest alternative ways of understanding this origin. Our emphasis is not so much on new information (the stories of Bede, Hild and Cædmon are, after all, often rehearsed), but on new ways of interpreting it as we develop a feminist patristics (outlined in the Introduction).

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