Christina of Markyate

Michael Faletra (Reed College)
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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 and in her able leadership of a small community of religious women at the priory at Markyate,…

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Citation: Faletra, Michael. "Christina of Markyate". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 June 2021 [, accessed 09 December 2023.]

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