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The Cross-Dressing Female Saints in Wynkyn de Worde S 1495 Edition of the -Vitas Patrum- [GER]

This book presents a study and a first modern text edition of the lives of women cross-dressers in the late Middle English Vitas Patrum, translated by William Caxton, printed by Wynkyn de Worde in 1495. The text edition is accompanied by a critical commentary, glossary and indices. The main study provides an extensive analysis of the motif of cross-dressing in the lives. A constellation of questions is addressed: why do the women take up the male disguise? What were the Church's and medieval theologians' views on pretending to be a member of the opposite sex? Can, as has often been argued by feminist scholars, these cross-dressing women saints be seen as early feminists? Two further studies give insights into the prospective reading public of the 1495 edition and the woodcut illustrations appended to the vitae.
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The Author: Sandra Lowerre, born in 1973, studied English, American and Medieval German Studies at the University of Bochum. For many years she worked as a lecturer for Old and Middle English at the University of Bochum. Currently, she teaches English at a private school in North Rhine-Westphalia.

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