On the Purification of Women

Churching in Northern France, 1100–1500

  • Authors
  • Paula M. Rieder

Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Paula M. Rieder
    Pages 1-11
  3. Paula M. Rieder
    Pages 123-145
  4. Paula M. Rieder
    Pages 165-171
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 173-257

About this book


This book is a social history of the ritual and custom of churching, a liturgical rite of purification after childbirth performed on a woman's first visit to church after giving birth. The book describes the development of the rite from its original meaning as a response to blood pollution to its redefinition as a rite that honoured marriage.


France history marriage social history women

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2006
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-73532-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-05014-4
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