Powerful women or patriarchal weapons? Two medieval Irish saints

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  • Author(s): Johnston, Elva
  • Source:
    Peritia; January 2001, Vol. 15 Issue: 1 p302-310, 9p
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    • Abstract:
      The history of medieval Irish women is elusive, despite a rich variety of textual sources. These are often normative rather than descriptive and are a predominantly male clerical product. This paper will examine the dossiers of two female saints, both from Co Cork. It will ask whether we can identify female aspirations and female voices in the literary celebration of their careers. Are they models of female empowerment or do their representations ultimately support male power structures.