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Women at the Table

Three Medieval Theologians

Marie Anne Mayeski

Women at the Table
Women at the Table

ISBN: 9780814658291, 5829

Details: 168 pgs, 6 x 9
Publication Date: 10/01/2004
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Although often missing in official documents, women of medieval times exercised power and voice in the theological discussions around them. Women at the Table analyzes the biographies of three saints as genuine theological sources, acknowledging the roles these women played, not only in the creation of these texts (as subject, author, source, or commissioner) but also as a legitimate part of the Church's tradition. Mayeski asserts that medieval hagiography, often neglected in theological scholarship, was a vital theological genre for early Christian theologians, and that treating them as such brings forth the lives of these women, their voices, and the transitioning Church around them.

Chapters are: "Theology and Narrative Sources: An Introduction," “Life of St. Margaret: Theology of Inherited Virtue and Childbirth,” “Life of St. Leoba: Theology of Church in Mission,” and “Life of St. Radegunde: Theology of Power and the Cross.”

Marie Anne Mayeski, PhD, is Professor of Historical Theology at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

ISBN: 9780814658291, 5829

Details: 168 pgs, 6 x 9
Publication Date: 10/01/2004


This book has provided the new stimuli which in conjunction with today's pastoral needs and cultural values might encourage the Church to consider the contributions of women to questions of doctrine and theology in a different light. Women always have been at the table; perhaps they should be included in the discussion-again.
Medieval Feminist Forum

Women at the Table is crisply organized and contains myriad bibliographical references. The book would be ideal for adult study groups as well as university courses in cultural and church history. It would be an excellent way to explore so many of the assumptions that have crippled the progress of women, and have crippled men in the process.
New Theology Review

I highly recommend it as a standard text for courses in historical theology, spirituality and hagiography.

The three medieval women theologians are St. Margaret of Scotland, St. Leoba of Saxony, and St. Radegunde of Gaul. Mayeski persuasively makes the point that the three women theologians stood out as spiritual leaders to their contemporaries; and thus there was a greater feminine influence on the Church in its early period than is ordinarily recognized or acknowledged.
The Midwest Book Review, Reviewer's Bookwatch

The very lives these women led, and the witness they gave, makes them theologians of a very important set.

In this pioneering study, Dr. Mayeski challenges both theologians and historians to rethink their traditional approaches to hagiography. Women at the Table offers new insights into the lives of medieval women as important sources for theology.
Gary Macy, PhD, Professor, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Latino/a Catholicism, University of San Diego