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MAIDEN. The name of an instrument formerly used in Scotland for beheading criminals.

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She simply disappeared from her castle in the flower of maidenhood to spend her life in a cave.
From Jephthah's daughter who bemoans her maidenhood in the Book of Judges to the post-exilic period where the young women with drums who dance can represent eroticism, the image was indeed popular and pervasive; the image and practice can still be found in contemporary Yemenite women's dance and song.
Phillips, in the opening article "Maidenhood as the Perfect Age of Woman's Life," (1-28), suggests that the perfect age for men is not the same as for women, and that medieval people believed that resurrected women would come back in the bodies of maidenhood, rather than--as for men--in middle age.
And if a decent girl like Sonia Jackson, from TV's EastEnders, can be seduced by the promise of a quickie with Martin Fowler in his late father's allotment shed, (even though he'd made it "Right nice" inside), then as a nation we must pray Britney Spears keeps her maidenhood intact.
Many of Cameron's housebound photographs of women are marked by intensive repetition, as in the photographs of her niece Julia Prinsep Jackson Duckworth Stephen, in whose individual maturation the stages of maidenhood, marriage, and widowhood are charted.
114) From Aubrey de Vere's lyrical masque The Search after Proserpine (1843) to references in Arnold's "Thyrsis" (1866), Browning's "Balaustion's Adventure," and Oscar Wilde's Newdigate prize poem, "Ravenna," many of Pater's male contemporaries preferred the story of "lost maidenhood.
is an international clinical research services organization headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, with offices in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina; Lexington, Kentucky; Maidenhood, UK; Brussels, Belgium; Paris, France; Melbourne, Australia; Jerusalem, Israel and Santiago, Chile.
Also, Louis Adrian Montrose's "'Shaping Fantasies': Figurations of Gender and Power in Elizabethan Culture," argues that Queen Elizabeth I, as the gynarchic paragon of virginity and power, proves to be Britain's own complex configuration of the sublime and perhaps phallic mother figure (or Mater) of the growing Empire: "Elizabeth's self-mastery and mastery of others were enhanced by an elaboration of her maidenhood into a cult of virginity .
And even with the windows rattling, it was all I could do to make out that this one girl had kissed her maidenhood good-bye on the Ferris wheel at Six Flags.
One way to do this was to treat the normal anxiety of maidenhood with generous portions of humor so as to make the idea of free love more palatable.
6) Similarly, in post-Biblical Judaism, covering of the hair signaled a transition in the female life cycle, symbolizing the departure from maidenhood into womanhood.
Fourth, the prevalence of stories of faithful maidens in biographical texts, fiction, and drama meant that these maidens internalized faithful maidenhood as a path to virtue.