By Joan Young Gregg
Analyzes and illustrates the demonization of ladies and Jews in medieval sermon tales, retelling over 100 of those stories in glossy English.
Contemporary misogyny and antisemitism have their roots within the demonization of ladies and Jews in medieval Christendom. In church artwork and mass preaching, the build of the satan as an outcast from heaven and the resource of all evil used to be associated either to the perception of ladies as sensual and malicious figures betraying man's soul on its exhausting trip to salvation and to the inspiration of Jews as treacherous dissidents within the Christian panorama. those stereotypes, largely disseminated for over 300 years, persist today.
The exemplum, or cautionary tale included into preachers' manuals and well known homilies, was once a huge mode of spiritual instructing for clerical and lay folks alike. Sermon narratives drawn from Hindu mythology, Arab storytelling, and secular folktales entertained all periods of medieval society whereas meting out theological and cultural instruction.
In Devils, ladies, and Jews, the important style of the medieval sermon tale is, for the 1st time, made obtainable to experts and nonspecialists alike. Rendered in smooth English, the stories offer a useful fundamental source for medievalists, anthropologists, psychologists, folklorists, and scholars of women's experiences and Judaica. serious introductions and explanatory headnotes contextualize the stories, and finished endnotes and a bibliography permit readers to keep on with up analogue and topic reports of their personal parts of interest.
"This booklet makes to be had, for the 1st time, a wide physique of exempla demonizing the medieval 'other' and forming, therefore, medieval vernacular society's mentality concerning the psychology of evil." -- Katharina M. Wilson, coeditor of Wykked Wyves and the Woes of Marriage: Misogamous Literature From Juvenal to Chaucer
"The very parallels and implications of medieval sermon writers' equation of demons, Jews, and girls speaks louder than many a polemic could. The author's research of prejudice, medieval theology, and the cultural/psychological/religious earnings of 'otherizing' moves me as lively, fair-minded, measured, and compelling." -- Timea Szell, Barnard collage, Columbia collage