MA (Master of Arts)
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
Dr. Thomas H. Crofts III
Dr. Josh Reid, Dr. Brian Maxson
This thesis will argue that the Beowulf Manuscript, which includes the poem Judith, Saxo Grammaticus’s Gesta Danorum, and the Old-Norse-Icelandic Laxdæla saga highlight and examine the tension between the female pagan characters and their Christian authors. These texts also demonstrate that Queenship grew fragile after the spread of Christianity, and women’s power waned in the shift between pre-Christian and Christian Europe.
Thesis - Open Access
Wolfe, Sarah E., "Get Thee to a Nunnery: Unruly Women and Christianity in Medieval Europe" (2017). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 3263. https://dc.etsu.edu/etd/3263
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