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Cushions, Kitchens and Christ

Mapping the Domestic in Late Medieval Religious Writing

A study of domestic imagery in late medieval religious writing.
Cushions, Kitchens and Christ examines the prevalence of domestic imagery in late medieval religious literature. Louise Campion explores references to the home through a range of popular genres, including spiritual guidance, the life of Christ, and revelations received by visionary women. Drawing on a wealth of archival resources, Campion considers how various medieval readers may have responded to the images they encountered as the household increasingly dominated fourteenth- and fifteenth-century thought.

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Table of Contents


List of Abbreviations

List of Manuscript Sigla

Prefatory Notes


Chapter One: The Kitchen of the Heart, Spiritual Furniture and Noble Visitors: Mapping the Domestic in The Doctrine of the Hert

Chapter Two: The Domesticity of the Sacred Heart in Mechthild of Hackeborn’s Booke of Gostlye Grace

Chapter Three: Marriage, Storehouses and Celestial Visitors: Domestic Frameworks in Bridget of Sweden’s Liber Celestis

Chapter Four: From Wanderer to Householder: The Domestication of Jesus, the Disciples and the Holy Family in Nicholas Love’s Mirror of the Blessed Life of Jesus Christ




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