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Jean Gerson and Gender

Rhetoric and Politics in Fifteenth-Century France

Jean Gerson and Gender by Nancy McLoughlin
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Jean Gerson and Gender reconciles the somewhat enigmatic legacy of one of the most influential late medieval intellectuals: the theologian, court preacher, university chancellor, and church reformer, Jean Gerson (d. 1429). Gerson provided foundational contributions to two historical developments: the promotion of rational and just government, and the development of the European concept of the witch. This book argues that Gerson's association of royal and ascetic women with sin and diabolical influences allowed him to maintain - against overwhelming evidence to the contrary – the appearance of centralized monarchical rule, a stable ecclesiastical hierarchy, and a reliable method for constructing communally verifiable political and religious truths.

Palgrave Macmillan; June 2015
258 pages; ISBN 9781137488831
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Title: Jean Gerson and Gender
Author: Nancy McLoughlin
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