Christina of Markyate (1839 words)

Michael Faletra (Reed College)
Download PDF Save to Bookshelf Tweet Report an Error

Context

The Life of Christina of Markyate (Latin title: De Sancta Theodora, Virgine, quae et Christina dicitur) is a biographical account of Theodora, later and better known as Christina, an anchoress, visionary, and prioress who operated in the vicinity of St Alban’s, England, in the first half of the twelfth century. Written in medieval Latin prose, The Life tells of Christina’s lifelong dedication to the religious life, of her youthful vow to devote herself to God, of her clever evasions of seduction and marriage, and of her eventual acceptance by the religious establishment as a “consecrated virgin”. The text also evinces keen interest in her intense and mystically inflected devotion to God …

Citation: Faletra, Michael. "Christina of Markyate". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 June 2021 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=5733, accessed 27 October 2021.]

5733 Christina of Markyate 1 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

Save this article

If you need to create a new bookshelf to save this article in, please make sure that you are logged in, then go to your 'Account' here