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The Consecration of Widows in CCCC 163

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Falardeau, Kate R 

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<jats:p xml:lang="en"> Abstract: Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 163 is one of three extant eleventh-century English examples of the so-called Romano-German Pontifical tradition. This article argues that the compilation of ordines within MS 163 and the text of its ordo for the consecration of widows support provenance at Nunnaminster, Winchester. The placement of this ordo within the manuscript reveals a performative and historicized understanding of the liturgical and social role of widows themselves in eleventh-century England. In MS 163, tenth- and eleventh-century liturgical practice intersects with a liturgical discourse of widowhood. This discourse relies upon the performative signification of chastity, through the veil and vestments of consecration, to assuage contemporary anxieties surrounding the agency of widows. The performativity and temporality of the consecration of widows within the manuscript, combined with its gendered redaction of the Romano-German Pontifical tradition, raises possibilities for the intersection of liturgy, history, and gender at Nunnaminster.</jats:p>

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4303 Historical Studies, 43 History, Heritage and Archaeology

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Mediaevalia

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0361-946X
2161-8046

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Project MUSE

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