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dc.contributor.advisor Robisheaux, Thomas en_US
dc.contributor.author Welsh, Jennifer Lynn en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-05-01T18:35:24Z
dc.date.available 2011-07-26T04:30:04Z
dc.date.issued 2009 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10161/1198
dc.description Dissertation en_US
dc.description.abstract <p>As a saint with no biblical or historical basis for her legend, St. Anne could change radically over time with cultural and doctrinal shifts even as her status as Mary's mother remained at the core of her legend and provided an appearance of consistency. "Mother, Matron, Matriarch: Sanctity and Social Change in the Cult of St. Anne, 1450-1750" takes issue with the general view that the cult of St. Anne in Northern Europe flourished in the late Middle Ages, only to wither away in the Reformation, and advances a new understanding of it. It does so by taking a longer view, beginning around 1450 and extending to 1750 in order to show how St. Anne's cult and the Holy Kinship elucidated long-term shifts in religious and cultural mores regarding the relationships between domesticity and sanctity, what constituted properly pious lay behavior, and attitudes towards women (in particular older women). Materials used include vita, devotional texts, confraternal records, sermons, treatises, and works of art across the time period under investigation. After a definite period of decline during the mid-sixteenth century (as evidenced by lower pilgrimage statistics, confraternity records, and a lack of text production), St. Anne enjoyed a revival in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Catholicism in a "purified" form, reconfigured to suit new religious and social norms which emphasized patriarchal authority within the household and obedience to the Catholic Church among the laity. In this context, St. Anne became a humble, pious widow whose own purity serves as proof of Mary's Immaculate Conception, and whose meek devotion to her holy daughter and grandson exemplified properly obedient reverence for the laity.</p> en_US
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dc.subject History, European en_US
dc.subject History, Church en_US
dc.subject Women's Studies en_US
dc.subject Catholic Reformation en_US
dc.subject Early Modern en_US
dc.subject Germany en_US
dc.subject Holy Kinship en_US
dc.subject Reformation en_US
dc.subject Saint Anne en_US
dc.title Mother, Matron, Matriarch: Sanctity and Social Change in the Cult of St. Anne, 1450-1750 en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.department History en_US
duke.embargo.months 24 en_US

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