Medieval Women Religious, c. 800-c. 1500
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278 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

3 line, 8 b/w. illus.

Series: Studies in the History of Medieval Religion

Series Vol. Number: 52

Imprint: Boydell Press

Medieval Women Religious, c. 800-c. 1500

New Perspectives

Edited by Kimm Curran and Janet Burton

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A multi-disciplinary re-evaluation of the role of women religious in the Middle Ages, both inside and outside the cloister.

Medieval women found diverse ways of expressing their religious aspirations: within the cloister as members of monastic and religious orders, within the world as vowesses, or between the two as anchorites. Via a range of disciplinary approaches, from history, archaeology, literature, and the visual arts, the essays in this volume challenge received scholarly narratives and re-examine the roles of women religious: their authority and agency within their own communities and the wider world; their learning and literacy; place in the landscape; and visual culture. Overall, they highlight the impact of women on the world around them, the significance of their presence in communities, and the experiences and legacies they left behind.
List of Figures
List of Contributors
Preface
List of Abbreviations

Introduction
KIMM CURRAN AND JANET BURTON

1. Reform, Change, and Renewal: Women Religious in the Central Middle Ages, 800-1050
STEVEN VANDERPUTTEN

2. New Movements of the 12th Century: Diversity, Belonging, and Order(s)
KATHARINE SYKES

3. Change and Renewal: Mendicants and Tertiaries in Later Medieval Europe
ALISON MORE

4. On the Fringes: Anchorites
CATE GUNN

5. `Quasi-religious': Vowesses
LAURA RICHMOND

6. Authority and Agency: Women as Heads of Religious Houses
ELIZABETH A. LEHFELDT

7. Women Religious, Secular Households: The Outside World and Crossing Boundaries in the Later Middle Ages
RACHEL M. DELMAN

8. Literacies, Learning, and Communal Reform: The Case of Alijt Bake
DIANA DENISSEN

9. Family and Friends: Gift Giving, Books, and Book Inscriptions in Women's Religious Communities
SARA CHARLES

10. Communities of Medieval Religious Women and Their Landscapes
YVONNE SEALE

11. Materiality and Archaeology of Women Religious
TRACY COLLINS

12. Between Collective Memory and Individual Remembrance in Women's Religious Communities
MERCEDES PÉREZ VIDAL

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Index

Kimm Curran is an independent researcher. Her expertise is in communities of women religious in Scotland, medieval women's monastic landscapes and heritage, and prosopography.

Janet Burton is Professor of Medieval History at University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Lampeter and the author of many books and articles on monastic history.

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Title Details

278 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

3 line, 8 b/w. illus.

Series: Studies in the History of Medieval Religion

Series Vol. Number: 52

Imprint: Boydell Press