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La Passio de sainte Maxellende et la réforme d’une communauté féminine en Cambrésis

Abstract : Saints’Lifes produced in monastic or canonial areas are often related to the reform of a community’s way of life. Such a context is less frequent as soon as Passions of martyrs are concerned. This is precisely the case with the first Passion of St. Maxellendis of Caudry, written at the end of the 9th or beginning of the 10th century in the diocese of Cambrai (BHL 5794). The narrative seems ordinary at first sight : Maxellendis was a young lady refusing to marry despite her parents pressure, and became murdered by her fiancé. She is however not presented as a classical martyrial figure, but rather as an exemplary religious woman, a model to be followed. This article try to show that the redaction aimed to reform a female community judged too much secular by the bishop and clergy of Cambrai.
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Anne-Marie Helvétius. La Passio de sainte Maxellende et la réforme d’une communauté féminine en Cambrésis. M.-C. ISAIA et T. GRANIER. Normes et hagiographie dans l’Occident latin (VIe-XVIe siècle). Actes du colloque international de Lyon, 4-6 octobre 2010, 9, Brepols, pp.167-181, 2014, Hagiologia. ⟨halshs-01211244⟩



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