Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. Otto Grundler
Dr. Nancy Falk
Dr. Brian McGuire
Masters Thesis-Open Access
This case study analyzes the lives of three thirteenth-century female saints, Lutgard of Aywiferes, Margaret of Ypres, and Christina Mirabilis, and places them against the broader theoretical frame of quantitative studies on the subject sainthood. The focus of the study is the pursuit of holiness as well as the perception of holiness. Both, pursuit and perception, serve as the point of departure for a discussion of the mentalities and the social realities which the women’s sainthood reflects.
The findings from this study indicate that female saints display numerous commonalities which can be traced back to the saints’ gender and its social ramifications. Many elements of worldly womanhood metamorphose into religiously significant components of the women’s sainthood. Hence, to fully understand this sainthood, one must examine it in the very light of gender, i.e., one must depart from those quantitative approaches which treat men’s and women’s sainthood indiscriminately.
Strasser, "Three Women Saints in the Thirteenth Century: Mentalities and Roles" (1990). Master's Theses. 1072.