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Equal in Monastic Profession : Religious Women in Medieval France - Penelope D. Johnson

Equal in Monastic Profession

Religious Women in Medieval France

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Published: 1st January 1991
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In this study of the manner in which medieval nuns lived, Penelope Johnson challenges facile stereotypes of nuns living passively under monastic rule, finding instead that collectively they were empowered by their communal privileges and status to think and act without many of the subordinate attitudes of secular women. In the words of one abbess comparing nuns with monks, they were "different as to their sex but equal in their monastic profession."
Johnson researched more than two dozen nunneries in northern France from the eleventh century through the thirteenth century, balancing a qualitative reading of medieval monastic documents with a quantitative analysis of a lengthy thirteenth-century visitation record which allows an important comparison of nuns and monks. A fascinating look at the world of medieval spirituality, this work enriches our understanding of women's role in premodern Europe and in church history.


Series Editor's
Foreword
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
Connecting Links
The Secular Community The Nun and Her Family The Surrounding Lay Society Conclusion
The Ecclesiastical Community Relation to the Church Hierarchy Relations with Other Clerics Conclusion
Organizing Structures
The Search for Perfection Vows Spiritual Life Conclusion
The Structure Administration Jurisdictions Conclusion
The Finances Economic Activities Conclusion
Assessments
Religious Person Rather Than Woman Positive Images Two Miraculous Events Conclusion
Closing the Doors The Family Model Breakdown Conclusion
The Twenty-six Female Monasteries Studied
List of Monasteries from the Register of
Glossary
Selected Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780226401867
ISBN-10: 0226401863
Series: Women in Culture and Society Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 310
Published: 1st January 1991
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 16.3  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition