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Medieval Women's Visionary Literature - Elizabeth Alvilda Petroff

Medieval Women's Visionary Literature

Paperback Published: 27th March 1986
ISBN: 9780195037128
Number Of Pages: 416

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These pages capture a thousand years of medieval women's visionary writing, from late antiquity to the 15th century. Written by hermits, recluses, wives, mothers, wandering teachers, founders of religious communities, and reformers, the selections reveal how medieval women felt about their lives, the kind of education they received, how they perceived the religion of their time, and why ascetic life attracted them.

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"...an early (and very influential) contribution to a new field of scholarship about the Christian tradition....Elizabeth Petroff has done more to make the remarkable spiritual writings of medieval women accessible to modern English-speaking readers than any other scholar. Her 1986 book, Medieval Women's Visionary Literature...has become a classic of classroom use in courses about both the Middle Ages and women and religion....Petroff's prefatory material has guided the introduction of many students to the spiritual traditions of women in the Middle Ages."--E. Ann Matter (University of Pennsylvania) in Christian Spirituality Bulletin "The breadth of this volume makes it uniquely valuable as a means for including the voices of women in the subject matter of a survey course in the history of christianity."--John Coakley, New Brunswick Theological Seminary "Provides access to many texts of women previously neglected and offers an outstanding synthesis of themes in this literature."--Ellen Murray, St. Louis University "An immensely useful volume filling many of the gaps still found in texts of medieval women writers. A judicious and sensative selection."--Nancy P. Stork, Stanford University "The reader receives a vivid sense of the historical circumstances in which medieval women lived and wrote. Very useful introductions prepare one not only for the entire book, but for each of the nine sections, and an excellent and extensive bibliography is appended....An outstanding text for a course in medieval literature or history of religion; it should certainly have a place of honor on the shelves of Women's Studies classes."--Vox Benedictina "A good example of the role that translation can play in broadening our view of the Christian past....A judicious and wide-ranging survey."--Commonweal "The introduction and commentary by the editor discuss the different issues brought up by these varied selections and help the modern reader to understand them more easily."--Manuscripta "A marvelous, original, and much needed collection of texts."--Virginia Reinburg, Boston College "Excellent collection of materials not easily available. Students appreciate the primary sources!"--Joan H. Timmerman, College of St. Catherine "Will be welcomed by church historians, feminists, and teachers of spirituality. By rendering accessible to English-speaking readers the variety and continuity of women's religious expression, it establishes women as co-creators of the Western Christian tradition."--Choice "The new translations into highly readable modern English and the assembling of other not easily accessible pieces are genuine scholarly contributions."--Speculum "The women of Medieval Women's Visionary Literature speak across the centuries to contemporary concerns, both men's and women's, spiritual and psychological [and] tell us much about the human condition and creative potential."--Commonweal "The works included are remarkable in their range and devotion. Equally remarkable is the quality of the translations."--Virginia Quarterly Review

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: The Visionary Tradition in Women's Writings: Dialogue and Autobiographyp. 3
Notesp. 53
Women in the Early Church: St. Perpetua and St. Macrinap. 60
Notesp. 67
St. Perpetua (died Carthage, C A.D. 203): The Passion of Ss. Perpetua and Felcitasp. 70
St. Macrina (c. A.D. 327-379, Cappadocia, Greece): The Life of St. Macrina, by St. Gregory of Nyssap. 77
Notesp. 82
Holy Women and the Christianizing of Europe: Hugeberc of Hildesheim, St. Leoba, and Hrotsvit of Gandersheimp. 83
Notesp. 90
Hugeberc of Hildesheim (8th Century A.D; Born Wessex; Died Germany): The Hodoeporicon of St. Willibaldp. 92
Notesp. 105
St. Leoba (c. A.D. 700-779; Born Wessex; Died Germany): The Life of St. Leoba, by Rudolf, Monk of Fuldap. 106
Hrotsvit of Gandersheim (c. A.D. 932-C. A.D. 1000; Germany): Pelagiusp. 114
Hrotsvit of Gandersheim: Abrahamp. 124
Notesp. 124
Notesp. 135
Visionaries of the Early Twelfth Century: Christina of Markyate, Hildegard of Bingen, and St. Elisabeth of Schönaup. 136
Notesp. 142
Christina of Markyate (1096-8-1160; England): Of S. Theodora, a Virgin, Who is Also Called Christinap. 144
Notesp. 150
Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179; Germany): The Visions of St. Hildegarde: Extracts from the Sciviasp. 151
Notesp. 152
Notesp. 157
Hildegard of Bingen: Liturgical Songsp. 157
St. Elisabeth of Schönau (1129-1165; Germany): Visions -- Book Twop. 159
Notesp. 170
New Styles of Feminine Spirituality -- the Beguine Movement: Marie D'Oignies, Christina Mirabilis, Hadewijch of Brabant, and Beatrijs of Nazarethp. 171
Notesp. 177
Marie D'Oignies (1177-1213; Brabant-Flanders): The Life of Marie D'Oignies, by Jacques De Vitryp. 179
Christina Mirabilis (1150-1224; Brabant-Flanders): The Life of Christina of St. Trond, Called Christina Mirabilis, by Thomas De Cantimprép. 184
Hadewijch of Brabant (first Half of Thirteenth Century; Antwerp): Letters to a Young Beguinep. 189
Hadewijch of Brabant: Visionsp. 195
Notesp. 200
Beatrijs of Nazareth (c. 1200-1268; Antwerp): There Are Seven Manners of Lovingp. 200
Beguine Spirituality and the Convent of Helfta: Mechthild of Magdeburg and St. Gertrude the Greatp. 207
Notesp. 211
Mechthild of Magdeburg (1207-1282; Germany): Selections from the Flowing Light of the Godheadp. 212
Notesp. 221
St. Gertrude the Great (1241-1298; Germany): Part II of the Revelations of St. Gertrudep. 222
Conclusion of This Bookp. 230
Women and Spirituality in Medieval Italy St. Clare of Assisi, St. Agnes of Assisi, St. Umilità of Faenza, Blessed Angela of Foligno, and St. Catherine of Sienap. 231
Notesp. 240
St. Clare of Assisi (1196-1253; Italy): The Testament of St. Clarep. 242
Notesp. 245
St. Agnes of Assisi (1198-1254; Italy): Letter to St. Clarep. 245
St. Umiltà of Faenza (1126-1310; Italy): Sermonsp. 247
Blessed Angela of Foligno (1248-1309; Italy) from the Liber De Vere Fidelium Experientia: (the Book of the Experience of the Truly Faithful)p. 254
St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380; Italy): Lettersp. 263
Women, Heresy, and Holiness in Early Fourteenth-Century France: Na Prous Boneta, Marguerite D'Oingt, and Marguerite Poretep. 276
Notesp. 283
Na Prous Boneta (1290-1325; Carcassone, France): The Confession of Na Prous Boneta, Heretic and Heresiarch, Carcassone, France, 6 August 1325p. 284
Marguerite D'Oingt (died 1310; Poleteins Near Lyon): The Mirror of St. Marguerite D'Oingtp. 290
Marguerite Porete (died Paris, 1310): From the Mirror of Simple Souls Who Are Annihilated and Who Only Remain in the Will and Desire for Lovep. 294
Women Writers of the Late Fourteenth Century -- Seeking Models: Julian of Norwich, Margery Kempe, Doña Leonor López De Córdoba, and Christine De Pizanp. 299
Notesp. 306
Julian of Norwich (1343-1413; England): From Showings (long Text)p. 308
Notesp. 313
Margery Kempe (1373-1439; England): From the Book of Margery Kempep. 314
Notesp. 327
Doña Leonor López De Córdoba (c. 1362-C. 1412; Spain): The Memories of Doña Leonor López De Córdobap. 329
Christine De Pizan (1363-1429? France) Selections from the Works of Christine De Pizan: The Lavision-Christine, 1405p. 335
Christine De Pizan: The One Hundred Ballads (1393-1399?)p. 339
Christine De Pizan Romance of the Rose: Christine's Response to the Treatise on the Romance of the Rose by John of Montrevil, June-July 1401: the First Extant Combative Document in the Debatep. 340
Individual and Collective Reformation at the End of the Middle Ages: Magdelena Beutler of Freiburg and Mary of Nijmeghenp. 347
Notesp. 349
Magdalena Beutler of Freiburg (1407-1458; Germany): From the Life of Magdalena Beutlerp. 350
Anna Bijns Attributed (fourteenth or Fifteenth Century; Dutch): Mary of Nijmeghenp. 355
Bibliographyp. 373
Indexp. 393
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ISBN: 9780195037128
ISBN-10: 019503712X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 27th March 1986
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 17.15  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.63