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

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

by Jeffrey F. Hamburger
     
 

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,

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231139809
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
05/13/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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