Petr and Fevroniia’s unorthodox marriage

Mayhew, N. (2023) Petr and Fevroniia’s unorthodox marriage. Slavonic and East European Review, 100(4), pp. 654-673.

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The married couple Petr and Fevroniia were first canonized in 1547. In Russia today, they are celebrated as an example of supposedly 'traditional' Orthodox family values. Academic studies of the saints' early hagiographies often reinforce this idea, presenting them as idealized love stories or celebrations of Orthodox marriage. By contrast, this article argues that the first, sixteenth-century version of the saints' hagiography depicts a marriage that was unorthodox in its depiction of gender and sexuality. Although unorthodox features would later be removed from the text, there remains a gulf between contemporary and historical understandings of the saints' marriage.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mayhew, Dr Nick
Authors: Mayhew, N.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Journal Name:Slavonic and East European Review
Publisher:Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA)
ISSN (Online):2222-4327
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2023 Modern Humanities Research Association
First Published:Slavonic and East European Review 100(4):654-673
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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