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Author Gertz, Genelle.

Title Heresy trials and English women writers, 1400-1670 / Genelle Gertz
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2012
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Contents Cover; HERESY TRIALS AND ENGLISH WOMEN WRITERS, 1400-1670; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; LAW COURTS AND THE HISTORY OF PROSECUTION FOR BELIEF; PERIODIZATION AND ENGLISH WOMEN'S WRITING; CHAPTER 1: Belief papers and the literary genres of heresy trial; HERESY TRIAL PROCEDURE; ARTICLES; ABJURATIONS; BELIEF PAPERS; ENGENDERING THE TRIAL NARRATIVE; CHAPTER 2: Confessing Margery Kempe, 1413-1438; CONFESSION IN LATE MEDIEVAL ENGLAND; IMAGINING INQUISITION IN KEMPE AND THORPE; HOMILY AND TRIAL IN THE BOOK OF MARGERY KEMPE
Summary "This book charts the emergence of women's writing from the procedures of heresy trials and recovers a tradition of women's trial narratives from the late Middle Ages to the seventeenth century. Analyzing the interrogations of Margery Kempe, Anne Askew, Marian Protestant women, Margaret Clitherow and Quakers Katherine Evans and Sarah Cheevers, the book examines the complex dynamics of women's writing, preaching and authorship under religious persecution and censorship. Archival sources illuminate not only the literary choices women made, showing how they wrote to justify their teaching even when their authority was questioned, but also their complex relationship with male interrogators. Women's speech was paradoxically encouraged and constrained, and male editors preserved their writing while shaping it to their own interests. This book challenges conventional distinctions between historical and literary forms while identifying a new tradition of women's writing across Catholic, Protestant and Sectarian communities and the medieval/early modern divide"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject English literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
Trials (Heresy) -- Great Britain -- History.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
History.
Form Electronic book
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