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Celibacy and Religious Traditions$
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Carl Olson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195306316

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306316.001.0001

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 “Let Anyone Accept This Who Can”

 “Let Anyone Accept This Who Can”

Medieval Christian Virginity, Chastity, and Celibacy in the Latin West

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Celibacy and Religious Traditions

Karen Cheatham

Oxford University Press

A distinction is made between virginity, which was mostly associated with women, and chastity, which represented a choice of lifestyle after sexual activity. These kinds of choices were associated with sexual purity, preparation for an intimate relationship with God, imitation of angels, and connection to superior moral and spiritual conditions. Resistance to church authority was evident by chaste marriages for devoted couples and lay sanctity movements, such as the Beguines.

Keywords:   virginity, chastity, chaste marriage, Beguines

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