On the Purification of Women

Churching in Northern France
Author(s): 
Rieder, Paula
ISBN: 
9781403969699
Date published: 
December 2009
Hardback
Price: 
£39.99

This book is a social history of the ritual and custom of churching, a liturgical rite of purification after childbirth performed on a woman's first visit to church after giving birth. The book describes the development of the rite from its original meaning as a response to blood pollution to its redefinition as a rite that honoured marriage.