medieval period

Saint George’s Day

Posted on Apr 23, 2015 in medieval period, seasonal | Comments Off

My horse wearing a fly rug in the colours of Saint George. She’s Welsh and doesn’t look too impressed.    George is the patron saint of England and his feast day is still celebrated on April 23 with the displaying of the English flag, which bears George’s red cross. In medieval tradition, Saint George was the Virgin Mary’s champion knight; England itself was regarded as the Virgin’s dowry. Saint George’s cult had both elitist and populist aspects. On the one hand, he was the saint of nobility and monarchs. To join the Guild of Saint George, one had to...

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Witch Persecutions, Women, and Social Change

Posted on Oct 25, 2010 in medieval period, renaissance, witchcraft, women's history | 2 comments

Witch Persecutions, Women, and Social Change

I recently revisited my Senior Paper, written in 1988 at the University of Minnesota. Although some of my sources are *very* dated, most of the actual historical information seems to have stood up to the test of time and, though my focus in this paper was Germany, much of this material seems prescient for what I would later write in DAUGHTERS OF THE WITCHING HILL. Especially important in my research was the realization that women in the Middle Ages actually had more economic power and independence than they did in the Renaissance and Early Modern Period. I highly recommend Joan Kelly’s...

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