Crown and Veil: Female Monasticism from the Fifth to the Fifteenth Centuries / Edition 1

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Overview

Crown and Veil offers a broad introduction to the history and visual culture of female monasticism in the Middle Ages, from the earliest communities of Late Antiquity to the Reformation. Scholars from numerous disciplines offer a wide range of perspectives not to be found in any other single book on the subject, placing the art, architecture, literature, liturgy, religious practices, and economic foundations of these communities within a wide historical and cultural context.

Long considered marginal to mainstream history, nuns and canonesses in fact had a profound influence on medieval culture. Revered and admired as models of piety, they commanded considerable prestige and exercised a significant degree of political power. Whether acting as producers or patrons of art, nuns were widely celebrated for their imaginative accomplishments. Focusing on the visual culture of female monastic communities in the German Empire, Frankish Gaul, Langobard Italy, and Anglo-Saxon England, this volume underscores the richness of largely unfamiliar material and its role in shaping distinctive forms of religious life.

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Editorial Reviews

Times Higher Education Supplement - Anke Bernau

I recommend [ Crown and Veil] to all readers interested in the history of art, women and religion

H-German - Karen Stoeber

With its broad chronological, thematic, and geographical coverage and its scholarly but accessible contributions, this collection provides an ideal starting point.

Magistra - Laura Swan

"I recommend [ Crown and Veil] to all readers interested in the history of art, women and religion" -- Anke Bernau, Times Higher Education Supplement "The first broad survey of the history of female monasticism and its effect on medieval culture... Recommended." -- Choice "A most readable and enlightening volume on the main issues of female monasticism." -- Bulletin Codicologique "With its broad chronological, thematic, and geographical coverage and its scholarly but accessible contributions, this collection provides an ideal starting point for anyone with an interest in female spirituality and the religious lives of medieval women." -- H-Net Reviews "With its broad chronological, thematic, and geographical coverage and its scholarly but accessible contributions, this collection provides an ideal starting point." -- Karen Stoeber, H-German "A stimulating conversation that will hopefully... instigate further research and thought... The material covered is breathtaking."

Sixteenth Century Journal - Greg Peters

Well-written and wonderfully illustrated....

American Benedictine Review - Ephrem Hollermann

A welcome contribution.

Religious Studies Review - Anna Harrison

...a valuable resource...

Choice

The first broad survey of the history of female monasticism and its effect on medieval culture... Recommended.

Times Higher Education Supplement
I recommend [ Crown and Veil] to all readers interested in the history of art, women and religion

— Anke Bernau

Choice

The first broad survey of the history of female monasticism and its effect on medieval culture... Recommended.

Bulletin Codicologique

A most readable and enlightening volume on the main issues of female monasticism.

H-Net Reviews

With its broad chronological, thematic, and geographical coverage and its scholarly but accessible contributions, this collection provides an ideal starting point for anyone with an interest in female spirituality and the religious lives of medieval women.

H-German
With its broad chronological, thematic, and geographical coverage and its scholarly but accessible contributions, this collection provides an ideal starting point.

— Karen Stoeber

Magistra
I recommend [ Crown and Veil] to all readers interested in the history of art, women and religion" — Anke Bernau, Times Higher Education Supplement "The first broad survey of the history of female monasticism and its effect on medieval culture... Recommended." — Choice "A most readable and enlightening volume on the main issues of female monasticism." — Bulletin Codicologique "With its broad chronological, thematic, and geographical coverage and its scholarly but accessible contributions, this collection provides an ideal starting point for anyone with an interest in female spirituality and the religious lives of medieval women." — H-Net Reviews "With its broad chronological, thematic, and geographical coverage and its scholarly but accessible contributions, this collection provides an ideal starting point." — Karen Stoeber, H-German "A stimulating conversation that will hopefully... instigate further research and thought... The material covered is breathtaking."

— Laura Swan

Sixteenth Century Journal

Well-written and wonderfully illustrated....

— Greg Peters

American Benedictine Review
A welcome contribution.

— Ephrem Hollermann

Journal of Ecclesiastical History

With its broad chronological, geographical and thematic approach Crown and Veil provides a good and, overall, well-balanced introduction to a complex field of medieval religious history

Religious Studies Review
...a valuable resource...

— Anna Harrison

Sixteenth-Century Journal
Well-written and wonderfully illustrated....

— Greg Peters

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231139809
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 5/13/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey F. Hamburger is the Kuno Franke Professor of German Art and Culture in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University. A scholar of medieval monasticism, mysticism, and manuscript illumination, he is a fellow of the Medieval Academy, and his books have received numerous awards, including the Jacques Barzun Prize in Cultural History, the Morey Prize of the College of Art Association, and the Roland Bainton Prize in Art and Music. Susan Marti is a scholar of the art of female monasticism and manuscript illumination and a curator for exhibitions on the Middle Ages. She has published research on medieval art in German-speaking countries and has collaborated on several important exhibitions in Germany, Switzerland, and France.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

List of IllustrationsForeword, by Caroline Walker BynumAcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Histories of Female Monasticism, by Jeffrey F. Hamburger1. Early Monasteries and Foundations (500-1200): An Introduction, by Jan Gerchow with Katrinette Bodarw?, Susan Marti, and Hedwig R?ckelein2. The Time of the Orders, 1200-1500: An Introduction, by Jeffrey F. Hamburger, Petra Marx, and Susan Marti3. Between This World and the Next: The Art of Religious Women in the Middle Ages, by Jeffrey F. Hamburger and Robert Suckale4. Church and Cloister: The Architecture of Female Monasticism in the Middle Ages, by Carola J?ggi and Uwe Lobbedey5. "Nuns' Work," "Caretaker Institutions," and "Women's Movements": Some Thoughts About a Modern Historiography of Medieval Monasticism, by Jan Gerchow and Susan Marti6. The Visionary Texts and Visual Worlds of Religious Women, by Barbara Newman7. Patterns of Female Piety in the Later Middle Ages, by Caroline Walker Bynum8. Time and Space: Liturgy and Rite in Female Monasteries of the Middle Ages, by Gisela Muschiol9. Founders, Donors, and Saints: Patrons of Nuns' Convents, by Hedwig R?ckelein10. Pastoral Care in Female Monasteries: Sacramental Services, Spiritual Edification, Ethical Discipline, by Klaus Schreiner11. Household and Prayer: Medieval Convents as Economic Entities, by Werner R?sener12. Wanderers Between Worlds: Visitors, Letters, Wills, and Gifts as Means of Communication in Exchanges Between Cloister and the World, by Gabriela SignoriWorks CitedPicture Credits

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