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To: Alex Murphy
"There are reasons why a scandalous story against the papacy might have been launched, and there are always stories of cross-dressing of heroes and holy men in medieval culture. The oddity of a very learned woman always attracted interest in the Middle Ages as well."

It also looks attractive as a cudgel with which the feminists can beat the Catholic Church.

5 posted on 03/17/2013 6:13:54 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: SuziQ
The oddity of a very learned woman always attracted interest in the Middle Ages as well."

This completely stupid. There were many very learned women during the Middle Ages. St. Catherine of Sienna and St. Teresa of Avila are Doctors of the Church. She wasn't afraid to make suggestions to the Pope. (Which he was impressed with)

13 posted on 03/17/2013 6:38:36 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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