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Between Exaltation and InfamyFemale Mystics in the Golden Age of Spain$
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Stephen Haliczer

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195148633

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195148630.001.0001

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Between Power and Impotence

Between Power and Impotence

Social Role and Social Fantasies

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(p.241) 11 Between Power and Impotence
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Between Exaltation and Infamy
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195148630.003.0012

Unlike most women in Spanish society, women mystics achieved some recognition and were frequently consulted by the nobility. ‘Approved’ mystics tended to have greater access to male aristocracy, while female nobles sought out ‘false’ mystics. Further, in general, the ‘false’ mystics tended to relate to persons of lesser social standing, particularly in ecclesiastical circles. The mystics served as advisors on moral conduct and spiritual matters, and they also interceded on behalf of those in trouble and performed healings. However, mystics remained entrenched in male‐dominated society and church and were rarely permitted public recognition through preaching or missionary work.

Keywords:   approved mystics, ecclesiastical, false mystics, healing, interceded, martyrdom, moral conduct, nobility, spiritual matters

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