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The New Middle Ages

Saint Perpetua across the Middle Ages

Mother, Gladiator, Saint

Authors: Cotter-Lynch, Margaret

  • Connects the story and retellings of Saint Perpetua to larger discussions about gender and its relationship to sainthood
  • Covers an expansive amount of time and research to show Saint Perpetua in her multiple roles
  • Offers the first fully-fledged genealogy of Saint Perpetua’s story and her connection with memory.
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About this book

This study traces the genealogy of Saint Perpetua’s story with a straightforward yet previously overlooked question at its center: How was Perpetua remembered and to what uses was that memory put? One of the most popular and venerated saints from 200 CE to the thirteenth century, the story of Saint Perpetua was retold in dramatically different forms across the European Middle Ages. Her story begins in the arena at Carthage: a 22-year-old nursing mother named Vibia Perpetua was executed for being a Christian, leaving behind a self-authored account of her time in prison leading up to her martyrdom. By turns loving mother, militant gladiator, empathic young woman, or unattainable ideal, Saint Perpetua’s story ultimately helps to trace the circulation of texts and the transformations of ideals of Christian womanhood between the third and thirteenth centuries.

About the authors

Margaret Cotter-Lynch is Professor of English, Humanities, and Languages at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, USA. Her previous work includes Reading Memory and Identity in the Texts of Medieval European Holy Women, co-edited with Brad Herzog.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction: Remembering Perpetua

    Cotter-Lynch, Margaret

    Pages 1-13

  • The Passio Perpetuae

    Cotter-Lynch, Margaret

    Pages 15-42

  • The Acta Perpetuae

    Cotter-Lynch, Margaret

    Pages 43-61

  • Saint Augustine’s Sermons on Perpetua

    Cotter-Lynch, Margaret

    Pages 63-86

  • Perpetua in the Early Middle Ages

    Cotter-Lynch, Margaret

    Pages 87-111

Buy this book

eBook £53.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-46740-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £67.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-47963-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Saint Perpetua across the Middle Ages
Book Subtitle
Mother, Gladiator, Saint
Authors
Series Title
The New Middle Ages
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-46740-9
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-46740-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-47963-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 170
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