Date of Completion


Thesis Type

College of Arts and Science Honors



First Advisor

Jen Sisk

Second Advisor

Anne Clark

Third Advisor

Kevin Trainor


medieval christianity, medieval women, women's religious identity, conduct, conduct literature


In the late medieval era, conduct literature emerged to guide young men and women into a successful life of fulfilling various duties and expectations. My research examines how this literature shaped a common religious and social identity for aristocratic and bourgeois European women. By focusing on conduct literature directed towards women, I analyze how the female identity created in these texts was influenced by Christian beliefs, which highlights the relationship between religion and society. I conclude by comparing this work to the life of Margery Kempe through The Book of Margery Kempe, which outlines aspects of her social and religious life.