1887

n Acta Academica - Women, knowledge and gardens in John Capgrave's

Volume 39, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0587-2405

Abstract

Saint Katherine was one of the most popular saints of the Middle Ages and was renowned for her exceptional education. John Capgrave wrote his in East Anglia in the 1440s. The episode in Capgrave's text in which Katherine is converted to Christianity is set in a private garden. While Capgrave attempts to associate Katherine with the Virgin Mary, the setting encourages associations with the Garden of Eden, Eve and the Fall. Eve's sin was seen as prime evidence for the rightness of the subjection of women and of preventing them from preaching, teaching and speaking in public. The underlying tensions regarding women alluded to by means of the garden setting are explored.


Sint Katherine was een van die populêrste heiliges van die Middeleeue en het veral roem verwerf vir haar uitsonderlike geleerdheid. John Capgrave het sy in Oos-Anglia in die 1440s geskryf. Die episode in Capgrave se teks waarin Katherine 'n Christen word, vind in haar privaattuin plaas. Alhoewel Capgrave probeer om Katherine met die Heilige Maagd te assosieer, moedig die tuinomgewing die leser aan om dit in verband te bring met die Paradystuin, Eva en die sondeval. Eva se sonde is gesien as die vernaamste bewys dat die onderwerping van vroue regverdig was en dat hulle daarom nie toegelaat is om in die publiek te praat, te preek of te onderrig nie. Die onderliggende spanning oor vroue waarna die tuinomgewing verwys, word ondersoek.

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