Women, the Book, and the Godly Selected Proceedings of the St Hilda's Conference, 1993: Volume I

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Taking a variety of critical approaches, the papers in Women, the Book and the Godlyanalyse the subject of women and religion, illustrating clearly the wealth of previously untapped material on this topic, whether in archive, manuscript or early printed source. The volume examines writing by women, writing which excludes women, and writing which ignores them, as well as women readers, women patrons, and women who were read to. Archaeology, canon and civil law, and trial depositions are all represented. The common determinants of marital and social status are, of course, explored, but so also are the problems of women and language, women's various roles as creators, recipients, and objects, and women's positions on the sliding scale between the orthodox, the reforming, and the heterodox churches. The essays thus represent something of the variety and range of work being done on medieval women today.Contributors: ALCUIN BLAMIRES, JACQUELINE MURRAY, WYBREN SCHEEPSMA, ANNEM. DUTTON, ROSALYNN VOADEN, GRACE JANTZEN, ELIZABETH A. ANDERSEN, THOMAS LUONGO, BENEDICTA WARD, GOPA ROY, GEORGES WHALEN, CATHERINE INNES-PARKER, HELEN PHILLIPS, SHANNON McSHEFFREY, PETER BILLER
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780859914208
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/1/1995
  • Pages: 205
  • Product dimensions: 0.50 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Table of Contents

The Limits of Bible Study for Medieval Women 1
The Absent Penitent: The Cure of Women's Souls and Confessors' Manuals in Thirteenth-Century England 13
'For hereby I hope to rouse some to piety': Books of Sisters from Convents and Sister-Houses associated with the Devotio Moderna in the Low Countries 27
Passing the Book: Testamentary Transmission of Religious Literature to and by Women in England 1350-1500 41
God's Almighty Hand: Women Co-Writing the Book 55
'Cry out and write': Mysticism and the Struggle for Authority 67
Mechthild von Magdeburg: Her Creativity and her Audience 77
Catherine of Siena: Rewriting Female Holy Authority 89
'To my dearest sister': Bede and the Educated Woman 105
'Sharpen your mind with the whetstone of books': The Female Recluse as Reader in Goscelin's Liber Confortatorius, Aelred of Rievaulx's De Institutione Inclusarum and the Ancrene Wisse 113
Patronage Engendered: How Goscelin Allayed the Concerns of Nuns' Discriminatory Publics 123
Ancrene Wisse and Pe Wohunge of Ure Lauerd: The Thirteenth-Century Female Reader and the Lover-Knight 137
Rewriting the Fall: Julian of Norwich and the Chevalier des Dames 149
Literacy and the Gender Gap in the Late Middle Ages: Women and Reading in Lollard Communities 157
Women and Texts in Languedocian Catharism 171
Index of Manuscripts 183
General Index 185
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