From Prostitutes to Brides of Christ: The Avignonese Repenties in the Late Middle Ages

  title={From Prostitutes to Brides of Christ: The Avignonese Repenties in the Late Middle Ages},
  author={Jo{\"e}lle Rollo-Koster},
  journal={Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies},
  pages={109 - 144}
  • J. Rollo-Koster
  • Published 1 January 2002
  • History
  • Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies
This study investigates cultural appropriation in late medieval Avignon. It is an illustration of how a notoriously disenfranchised group, prostitutes, creatively appropriated an ascendant cultural model, that of traditional conventual life, to better their own lot in life. This process of appropriation occurred during late medieval Avignon’s papal residency within the context of male authority attempting to control the dangers of female sexuality. In order to rein in the threat of sexual… 
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