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The Life of Christina of Hane

Christina of Hane Racha Kirakosian

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Yale University
12 January 2021
The first English translation of The Life of Christina of Hane, a gripping account of a largely unknown medieval female mystic The thirteenth-century mystic Christina of Hane led an extraordinary life, but her recently unearthed case remains to be discovered in the English-speaking world. Her disturbing account of vaginal mutilation, her competition with the Virgin Mary, and her potentially heretical statements about the union with Christ are but a few peculiarities worth highlighting. This remarkable work sheds new light on convent life, spiritual practices, and physical and mental suffering in the life of medieval women and the communities they inhabited.
By:   Christina of Hane
Translated by:   Racha Kirakosian
Imprint:   Yale University
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 222mm,  Width: 145mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   346g
ISBN:   9780300250992
ISBN 10:   0300250991
Pages:   208
Publication Date:   12 January 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Christina of Hane (ca. 1269-92) is the only known medieval female mystic of the Premonstratensian order. Racha Kirakosian is professor of medieval German at Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg. She previously taught at Harvard University and the University of Oxford.

Reviews for The Life of Christina of Hane

This is a learned, lucid and compassionate presentation of Christina of Hane, which will bring this intricate and compelling biography the readership it deserves. -Nicholas Watson, Harvard University Who was Christina of Hane? History knows little about her, but Racha Kirakosian here presents a fascinating enigma-a mystical compendium disguised as a saint's Life. Students of medieval religion will eagerly probe its mysteries. -Barbara Newman, Northwestern University A valuable addition to the corpus of writing by and about medieval religious women with an insightful introduction that underscores its interest to scholars and students across a wide range of disciplines. -Jeffrey F. Hamburger, Harvard University This compact and gripping account is an excellent introduction to medieval female mysticism. Racha Kirakosian has rendered a real service by translating this text into English. -Claire Taylor Jones, University of Notre Dame


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