Dr Christine Peters

  • Gender and Religion
  • Witchcraft
  • Martyrdom and Saints
  • Gender and Household Roles

Patterns of Piety: Women, Gender and Religion in Late Medieval and Reformation England (Cambridge University Press, 2003, 2009 pbk) 

Patterns of Piety: Women, Gender and Religion in Late Medieval and Reformation England

This 2003 book offers an interpretation of the transition from Catholicism to Protestantism in the English Reformation, and explores its implications for an understanding of women and gender. Central to this is an appreciation of the significance of medieval Christocentric piety in offering a bridge to the Reformation, and in shaping the nature of Protestantism in the period up to the Civil War. Not only does this explain much of the support for Protestantism, but it also suggests the need to question assumptions that the 'loss' of the Virgin Mary and the saints was detrimental to women. The Reformation undermined the ritual role of the Catholic godly woman but its definition of the representative frail Christian as a woman devoted to Christ meant that it was not an alien environment for the weaker sex. The Christocentric piety of the late medieval parish shaped the Reformation and paved the way for a more subtle understanding of gender.

  • Religion, Household Authority, and the Defence of 'Collapsed Ladies' in early Jacobean England

  • Jesuits, confessional identities and landlordship in God’s Transylvanian vineyard, 1580-88

  • Gender and the culture of protestantism: a view from the kirk session

  • The Virgin Mary and the Publican: Lutheranism and social order in Transylvania

  • More

I currently teach:

Prelims

FHS

History of the British Isles III, 1330-1550

History of the British Isles III, 1330-1550

History of the British Isles IV, 1500-1700 History of the British Isles IV, 1500-1700

General History III: Renaissance, Recovery and Reform, 1400-1650

Further Subject: Women, Gender and Print Culture in Reformation England c.1530-1640
Approaches to History (Anthropology, Gender, Art) Further Subject: Literature and Politics in Early Modern England
Optional Subject: Witch-craft and Witch-hunting in early modern Europe General History VII, 1409-1525
  General History VIII, 1500-1618
  General History IX, 1600-1715
  Special Subject:  Government, Politics and Society in England, 1547-1558
  Disciplines of History
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