Guidance for Women in Twelfth-Century Convents

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These translated letters and texts composed for younger and older women in twelfth-century convents illuminate the powerful medieval ideals of virginity and chastity. Abelard's history of women's roles in the church and his letter on women's education, both written for Heloise in her work as abbess, are seen here alongside previously untranslated letters and texts for abbesses and nuns in England and France. An interpretive essay explores the practical and spiritual engagement of women's convents with medieval ...

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Overview

These translated letters and texts composed for younger and older women in twelfth-century convents illuminate the powerful medieval ideals of virginity and chastity. Abelard's history of women's roles in the church and his letter on women's education, both written for Heloise in her work as abbess, are seen here alongside previously untranslated letters and texts for abbesses and nuns in England and France. An interpretive essay explores the practical and spiritual engagement of women's convents with medieval commemorative and memorial practices, showing that the professional concern of women religious with death goes far beyond the stereotype of nuns as dead to the world, or enclosed in living death. VERA MORTON gained an MA in Medieval Studies at the University of Liverpool in 1994. JOCELYN WOGAN-BROWNE is Professor of English at Fordham University, NY.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843842958
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/15/2012
  • Series: Library of Medieval Women
  • Pages: 213
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction 1
Note on Texts and the Translations 13
I Osbert of Clare, Prior of Westminster, to Adelidis, Abbess of Barking 15
II Abelard to Heloise 50
III Peter the Venerable to his Nieces Margaret and Pontia 96
IV Osbert of Clare to his Nieces Margaret and Cecilia in Barking Abbey 109
V Abelard to Heloise 121
VI Goscelin of St. Bertin 139
Interpretive Essay 157
Bibliography 181
Index 189
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