"The Life of Christina of Hane" by Christina of Hane

The Life of Christina of Hane Christina of Hane, Racha Kirakosian

Publication date:
12 Jan 2021
Yale University Press
208 pages: 216 x 140mm
5 b-w illus.
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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.

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.