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ISBN-13: 9780841912816

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And no capon priest was he. I ha' seen him cow a thousand men On the hills 0 ' Galilee. They whined as he walked out calm between, wi' his eyes like the grey 0 ' the sea. A master of men was the Goodly Fere. Christianity elevated the possibility of the gentle man : loving and wanting love, compassionate to the weak, touching. It praised men, T h e T r a d i t i o n o f M an h o o d 33 • in fact, who had many of the virtues more commonly assigned to women, which complicated the definition of both genders.

When a frontier society revived the possibil­ ity of the hunting male, his disdain for the humdrum virtues of the nesting male would be vociferous and violent. Yet agriculture was so much more productive and reliable than hunting for support of society that it had to triumph, leaving certain kinds of men unsure how their manhood could be proved and defined. Nevertheless, with greater resources and social complexity, a diversity of male roles be­ came not only tolerable but desirable in agricultural societies.

21 He ate mightily and drank hard. He indulged in quick, repeated, and rather gluttonous satisfaction of his senses. Western man still appears thus to a more fastidious Asian. Christianity qualified this picture even in the early Middle Ages. Here was an important alternative to aristocratic and peasant culture, one stressing self-control, asceticism, prayer, and contemplation. At the least, Christianity served as an important outlet for men who shunned the more popular Western definitions of manhood.

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