Virgin martyrs are an interesting and puzzling part of the Catholic church’s history. They are held up and admired for their conviction in their beliefs and are known for their elusive beauty and persistence in the face of both male authority and death. Seen as ‘brides of Christ,’ they play an interesting role in the church’s history. They are also depicted in art and Medieval English legends. Today, there is an interesting quandary as to what place they have with current women. Some would see them as feminists while others see them as undermining real women. All of these aspects combined leave them in somewhat of a limbo as to their places in both history and feminism.
Alison Carley, ’03 Fargo, ND
Sponsor: Leslie Hankins