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The Virgin And The Bride

Author : Kate Cooper
ISBN : 0674939506
Genre : History
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During the last centuries of the Roman Empire, the prevailing ideal of feminine virtue was radically transformed: the pure but fertile heroines of Greek and Roman romance were replaced by a Christian heroine who ardently refused the marriage bed. How this new concept and figure of purity is connected with--indeed, how it abetted--social and religious change is the subject of Kate Cooper's lively book. The Romans saw marital concord as a symbol of social unity--one that was important to maintaining the vigor and political harmony of the empire itself. This is nowhere more clear than in the ancient novel, where the mutual desire of hero and heroine is directed toward marriage and social renewal. But early Christian romance subverted the main outline of the story: now the heroine abandons her marriage partner for an otherworldly union with a Christian holy man. Cooper traces the reception of this new ascetic literature across the Roman world. How did the ruling classes respond to the Christian claim to moral superiority, represented by the new ideal of sexual purity? How did women themselves react to the challenge to their traditional role as matrons and matriarchs? In addressing these questions, Cooper gives us a vivid picture of dramatically changing ideas about sexuality, family, and morality--a cultural revolution with far-reaching implications for religion and politics, women and men. The Virgin and the Bride offers a new look at central aspects of the Christianization of the Roman world, and an engaging discussion of the rhetoric of gender and the social meaning of idealized womanhood.
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The Virgin And The Bride

Author : Kate Cooper
ISBN : UCSC:32106013095820
Genre : History
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During the last centuries of the Roman Empire, the prevailing ideal of feminine virtue was radically transformed: the pure but fertile heroines of Greek and Roman romance were replaced by a Christian heroine who ardently refused the marriage bed. How this new concept and figure of purity is connected with--indeed, how it abetted--social and religious change is the subject of Kate Cooper's lively book. The Romans saw marital concord as a symbol of social unity--one that was important to maintaining the vigor and political harmony of the empire itself. This is nowhere more clear than in the ancient novel, where the mutual desire of hero and heroine is directed toward marriage and social renewal. But early Christian romance subverted the main outline of the story: now the heroine abandons her marriage partner for an otherworldly union with a Christian holy man. Cooper traces the reception of this new ascetic literature across the Roman world. How did the ruling classes respond to the Christian claim to moral superiority, represented by the new ideal of sexual purity? How did women themselves react to the challenge to their traditional role as matrons and matriarchs? In addressing these questions, Cooper gives us a vivid picture of dramatically changing ideas about sexuality, family, and morality--a cultural revolution with far-reaching implications for religion and politics, women and men. The Virgin and the Bride offers a new look at central aspects of the Christianization of the Roman world, and an engaging discussion of the rhetoric of gender and the social meaning of idealized womanhood.
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The Virgin Bride

Author : Miranda Lee
ISBN : 1426883099
Genre : Fiction
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He wanted…an innocent bride When handsome bachelor Dr. Jason Steel took up residence in the small Australian town of Tindley, he soon knew who he wanted as his wife. Though Emma Churchill hesitated when Jason proposed, he was prepared to wait a month before she gave him her answer. The thought of making love to his virgin wife on their wedding night appealed to a part of him he'd never known existed…
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The Sicilian S Virgin Bride

Author : Sarah Morgan
ISBN : 9781426812330
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Commanded back to her husband's bed… Women did not walk away from Sicilian billionaire Rocco Castellani. All he'd wanted was a lovely, biddable wife. Instead Francesca had taken off before the first dance at their wedding breakfast! But Rocco has tracked down his runaway young bride, and now she's back by his side—where a good Sicilian wife should be! Rocco was cheated out of his wedding night—and now nothing's going to stop him from taking his virgin bride….
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The Greek S Virgin Bride

Author : Julia James
ISBN : 9784596685513
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The Spanish Prince S Virgin Bride

Author : Sandra Marton
ISBN : 9781426806674
Genre : Fiction
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'I cannot imagine a virgin would return a kiss with such fervor.' Prince Lucas Reyes is angry. His grandfather is forcing him into marriage with penniless Alyssa McDonough who's pretending she's untouched by any man. But the intense sexual chemistry between them tells him otherwise... Lucas's fiery royal blood is roused! He'll force Lyssa to go to Spain with him, where he can get their marriage annulled. Because he'd swear that she's pure, uninhibited mistress material, and never a virgin bride!
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The Italian S Virgin Bride

Author : Trish Morey
ISBN : 9784596646187
Genre : Comics & Graphic Novels
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Be brave! In order to continue the hotel chain her father bankrupted, Opal has been forced to seek outside financial support. She gathers her resolve and approaches the owner of an international hotel chain, Domenic, to make her case. Even though he is an infamous playboy, Domenic is widely respected in the hotel business. While he seems interested, he says things like "Will your lips taste as good as you look?" He's interested in her, not her business! What's more, there's one condition for his financial support: that she becomes his bride....
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The Billionaire S Virgin Bride

Author : Helen Brooks
ISBN : 9781426817922
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As a lawyer, Zeke Russell is second to none; dynamic and driven, he always wins. So when his ex-fiance Melody Taylor asks for his help, he takes his chance to settle an old score! Melody didn't think she would ever have to see Zeke again, but now she has no choice but to swallow her pride and accept his proposition: rekindle their relationship—though this time it's on his terms! However, there's one thing Melody is determined to make sure of: she will never surrender….
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His Virgin Bride

Author : Grace Goodwin
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After a life on the streets, Katie chooses the Interstellar Brides Program for a chance at a new life, a new identity. But when she arrives on Everis, her Marked Mate refuses to claim her. As an Elite Hunter, Bryn has to travel to Hyperion, a known world of gangs and vicious evil to bring an assassin to justice, and leave her behind. She might be innocent in body, but Katie knows her honorable mate is walking into a foreign world, a world she knows all too well. If she must seduce him, she will. If she must steal away on his ship and follow him to another world, she will. And if she must seduce the sexy-as-sin leader of the criminal legions they meet to save her mate? Well then, her innocence is a weapon, and she's not afraid to use it.
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The Spanish Duke S Virgin Bride

Author : Chantelle Shaw
ISBN : 9781426808128
Genre : Fiction
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Revenge, passion and an arranged marriage... Duke Javier Herrera needs a wife in order to inherit his family's banking business. In Grace Beresford, whose father swindled Javier out of millions, Javier can take revenge and a convenient wife. At first, Javier just wants Grace's body. But this small price she refuses to pay...despite their explosive mutual attraction. How long can Grace remain his wife in name only?
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