Histories of the Sacred and Secular, 1700-2000

Divided Loyalties? Pushing the Boundaries of Gender and Lay Roles in the Catholic Church, 1534-1829

Authors: McClain, Lisa

  • Explores how Catholic women and men managed the competing demands of church, family and state by pushing the boundaries of gender and laypeople’s roles Focuses on the experiences of individuals across three centuries to reveal patterns of evolving gender and religious norms
  • Offers timely historical perspectives on change within the Catholic Church
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This book explores changing gender and religious roles for Catholic men and women in the British Isles from Henry VIII’s break with the Catholic Church in 1534 to full emancipation in 1829. Filled with richly detailed stories, such as the suppression of Mary Ward’s Institute of English Ladies, it explores how Catholics created and tested new understandings of women’s and men’s roles in family life, ritual, religious leadership, and vocation through engaging personal narratives, letters, trial records, and other rich primary sources. Using an intersectional approach, it crafts a compelling narrative of three centuries of religious and social experimentation, adaptation, and change as traditional religious and gender norms became flexible during a period of crisis. The conclusions shed new light on the Catholic Church’s long-term, ongoing process of balancing gendered and religious authority during this period while offering insights into the debates on those topics taking place worldwide today.

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Lisa McClain is Professor of History and Gender Studies at Boise State University, USA, specializing in the history of Catholicism and the intersections of gender, religion, and popular culture. Her previous works include Lest We Be Damned: Practical Innovation and Lived Experience among Catholics in Protestant England 1559-1642.

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Divided Loyalties? Pushing the Boundaries of Gender and Lay Roles in the Catholic Church, 1534-1829
Authors
Series Title
Histories of the Sacred and Secular, 1700-2000
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-73087-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-73087-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-73086-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 282
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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