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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

About the editors

ANDREW HOLT Ph.D. Candidate in the History Department, University of Florida, USA ANDREW MILLER Visiting Assistant Professor, DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, USA TANYA STABLER MILLER Assistant Professor of History, Purdue University-Calumet, USA DEREK NEAL Assistant Professor of History, Nipissing University, Ontario, Canada ANTHONY PERRON Assistant Professor of Medieval History, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, USA ANDREW ROMIG Assistant Director, Studies for the Committee on Degrees in History and Literature, Harvard University, USA KATHERINE ALLEN SMITH Assistant Professor of History, the University of Puget Sound, USA SCOTT WELLS Associate Professor of History and Director of Religious Studies, California State University, Los Angeles, USA JANELLE WERNER Assistant Professor of History, Kalamazoo College, USA.

Bibliographic information


'Overall, I highly recommend Negotiating Clerical Identities to faculty, graduate students and undergraduates who work in the fields of gender, religion, and sexuality studies. The volume fulfills perfectly the mission of Palgrave's innovative Genders and Sexualities in History Series precisely because the contributors contest the universality of medieval masculinity and do so with interpretative flair and scholarly integrity.' - Lynda L. Coon, The Medieval Review