Negotiating Clerical Identities

Priests, Monks and Masculinity in the Middle Ages

  • Jennifer D. Thibodeaux

Part of the Genders and Sexualities in History book series (GSX)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction: Rethinking the Medieval Clergy and Masculinity

  3. What Can Historians Do with Clerical Masculinity? Lessons from Medieval Europe

  4. Monastic Masculinity: Bridging Secular and Clerical Identities

  5. Priestly Masculinity: Reconciling Celibacy and Sexuality

  6. Clerical Masculinity: Contested Identities

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 265-269

About this book


Clerics in the Middle Ages were subjected to differing ideals of masculinity, both from within the Church and from lay society. The historians in this volume interrogate the meaning of masculine identity for the medieval clergy, by considering a wide range of sources, time periods and geographical contexts.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jennifer D. Thibodeaux
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Wisconsin-WhitewaterUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2010
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-30774-6
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-29046-4
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