Keeping Body and Soul Together: Gender, Sexuality and Salvation in the Works of Jean LeFévre de Ressons

  • Karen PrattEmail author
Part of the Studies in the History of Philosophy of Mind book series (SHPM, volume 15)


In several of his works, La Vieille, Les Lamentations de Matheolus, Le Respit de la mort, Le Livre de Leesce Jean LeFèvre raises theological issues surrounding virginity, marriage and homosexuality. There is, for example, a very interesting, comic dialogue between God and the narrator in the Lamentations on the relative merits of marriage and virginity, and on the thorny question of what will happen to women if Adam gets his rib back after the Last Judgement. In La Vieille, based on the pseudo-Ovidian de vetula, the disqualification of eunuchs from the priesthood is discussed. In analysing his writings, both original and translated, serious and comic, this essay considers Jean LeFèvre’s treatment and linguistic elaboration of the interaction between body and soul, placing his works within the context of philosophical and theological debates on sexuality and salvation in 14th-century France.


Gender, Sexuality and salvation Jean LeFèvre de Ressons Lamentations de Mathéolus, Livre de Leesce, Respit de la mort Pseudo-Ovidian De vetula, La Vieille 


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  1. 1.King’s College LondonLondonUK

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