Guidance for Women in Twelfth-Century Convents

Guidance for Women in Twelfth-Century Convents

by Vera Morton
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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 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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"A significant and lasting contribution to the field of medieval women's religious literature and culture." DIANE WATT, THE MEDIEVAL REVIEW

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ISBN-13:
9781843842958
Publisher:
Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date:
03/15/2012
Series:
Library of Medieval Women
Pages:
213
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

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