Dark Age Bodies: Gender and Monastic Practice in the Early Medieval West
Lynda L. Coon
416 pages | 6 x 9 | 42 b/w, 8 color illus.
Cloth 2010 | ISBN 978-0-8122-4269-0 | $65.00 | £42.50
A volume in the Middle Ages Series
"Dark Age Bodies stands the conventional view of early medieval monasticism on its head. It displaces commonplaces that monks were desexualized, ascetic, and celibate beings whose life, ideologies, and material surroundings were gender-free. Coon brilliantly deploys the rich array of recent sophisticated studies of Roman sex and gender, especially masculinities, to argue that western, specifically Benedictine, monasticism was predicated on same-sex hierarchies."–Julia Smith, University of Glasgow.
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