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By Zubin Mistry
While a Spanish monk struggled to discover the ideal phrases to express his unjust expulsion from a monastery in a determined petition to a sixth-century king, he likened himself to an aborted fetus. Centuries later, a ninth-century queen came across herself accused of abortion in an altogether extra fleshly experience. Abortion haunts the written list around the early heart a while. but, the centuries after the autumn of Rome stay greatly the "dark a long time" within the broader background of abortion.
This ebook, the 1st to regard the topic during this interval, tells the tale of ways members and groups, ecclesiastical and secular specialists, construed abortion as a social and ethical challenge throughout a couple of post-Roman societies, together with Visigothic Spain, Merovingian Gaul, early eire, Anglo-Saxon England and the Carolingian empire. It argues early medieval authors and readers actively deliberated on abortion and a cluster of similar questions, and that church culture on abortion used to be an evolving perform. It sheds gentle at the missed number of responses to abortion generated through various social and highbrow practices, together with church self-discipline, dispute payment and techniques of political legitimation, and brings the heritage of abortion into dialog with key questions about gender, sexuality, Christianization, penance and legislations. Ranging throughout abortion miracles in hagiography, polemical letters during which churchmen likened competitors to fetuses flung from the womb of the church and uncomfortable imaginings of resurrected fetuses in theological hypothesis, this quantity additionally illuminates the advanced cultural value of abortion in early medieval societies.
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These embryologies number among a little-studied wealth of early medieval texts which imagined the fetus. The pervasion of evocations and symbolic representations of the fetus in early medieval culture is no surprise. The central moment in Christian theology, Christ’s incarnation, began in Mary’s womb. But integrating these cultural and religious expressions into historical study of abortion requires care because, as a growing body of inter-disciplinary scholarship is showing, the mental association between speaking about the fetus and speaking about abortion is a modern cultural reflex which premodern cultures did not share.
P. H. Cullum and K. J. Lewis (Woodbridge, 2013), pp. 31–4. 60 G. Levi, ‘On Microhistory’, in New Perspectives on Historical Writing, ed. P. Burke (Cambridge, 1991), p. 97. A confession: I had not seen my research in this light until Antonio Sennis suggested the connection to me some years ago. 61 The term is taken from a chapter in P. Brown, The Rise of Western Christendom, 2nd edn (Oxford, 2003), pp. 355–79. 62 E. Poulakou-Rebelakou, E. Lasceratos and S. G. -H. Congourdeau, ‘Les variations du désir d’enfant à Byzance’, in Becoming Byzantine: Children and Childhood in Byzantium, ed.
22 below, together with Koskenniemi, Exposure. indd 24 19/06/2015 14:12 Classical and Late Antique Society One big question ought to be foregrounded, however. It concerns the relationship between Roman and Christian Zeitgeister. 10 Or did Christianity develop pre-existing values? A definitive answer is beyond the scope of this chapter, but it does carry implications for what an answer (and, by implication, what the historical study of attitudes to abortion) should look like. It must root attitudes to abortion in questions of sex and gender, of the city of God and the cities of men, of writers and audiences, of origins and receptions.