Sainted Women of the Dark Ages / Edition 1

Sainted Women of the Dark Ages / Edition 1

by Jo Ann McNamara
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822312166

ISBN-13: 9780822312161

Pub. Date: 03/27/1992

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Sainted Women of the Dark Ages makes available the lives of eighteen Frankish women of the sixth and seventh centuries, all of whom became saints. Written in Latin by contemporaries or near contemporaries, and most translated here for the first time, these biographies cover the period from the fall of the Roman Empire and the conversion of the invading

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Sainted Women of the Dark Ages makes available the lives of eighteen Frankish women of the sixth and seventh centuries, all of whom became saints. Written in Latin by contemporaries or near contemporaries, and most translated here for the first time, these biographies cover the period from the fall of the Roman Empire and the conversion of the invading Franks to the rise of Charlemagne's family.
Three of these holy women were queens who turned to religion only after a period of intense worldly activity. Others were members of the Carolingian family, deeply implicated in the political ambitions of their male relatives. Some were partners in the great Irish missions to the pagan countryside and others worked for the physical salvation of the poor. From the peril and suffering of their lives they shaped themselves as paragons of power and achievement. Beloved by their sisters and communities for their spiritual gifts, they ultimately brought forth a new model of sanctity.
These biographies are unusually authentic. At least two were written by women who knew their subjects, while others reflect the direct testimony of sisters within the cloister walls. Each biography is accompanied by an introduction and notes that clarify its historical context. This volume will be an excellent source for students and scholars of women's studies and early medieval social, religious, and political history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822312161
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
03/27/1992
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
369
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)
Lexile:
1400L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Note on Language and Abbreviations
Acknowledgments
Wives, Concubines, and Children of Merovingian Kings
Ancestors of Charlemagne
Introduction1
1Genovefa, Virgin of Paris (423-502)17
2Clothild, Queen of the Franks (d. 544)38
3Monegund, Widow and Recluse of Tours (d. 570)51
4Radegund, Queen of the Franks and Abbess of Poitiers (ca. 525-587)60
5Eustadiola, Widow of Bourges (594-684)106
6Caesaria II, Abbess of Saint Jean of Arles (ca. 550)112
7Rusticula, Abbess of Arles (ca. 556-632)119
8Glodesind, Abbess in Metz (ca. 600)137
9Burgundofara, Abbess of Faremoutiers (603-645)155
10Sadalberga, Abbess of Laon (ca. 605-670)176
11Rictrude, Abbess of Marchiennes (ca. 614-688)195
12Gertrude, Abbess of Nivelles (628-658)220
13Aldegund, Abbess of Maubeuge (d. ca. 684) Waldetrude, Abbess of Mons (d. ca 688)235
14Balthild, Queen of Neustria (d. ca. 680)264
15Bertilla, Abbess of Chelles (d. ca. 700)279
16Anstrude, Abbess of Laon (ca. 645, d. before 709)289
17Austreberta, Abbess of Pavilly (650-703)304
Bibliography327
Index335

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