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Medieval religious women in the Low Countries : the "modern devotion", the Canonesses of Windesheim, and their writings

Author: Wybren Scheepsma
Publisher: Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK ; Rochester, N.Y. : Boydell Press, 2004.
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"In the last decades of the fourteenth century a new religious movement arose in the northern Low Countries, the so-called 'Modern Devotion', which had a major influence upon religious life in Europe in the later middle ages. It was particularly popular with women, thousands of whom were attracted to it; but until now there has been no study of the women who played a part in the movement. This book seeks to fill  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Wybren Scheepsma
ISBN: 1843830485 9781843830481
OCLC Number: 53183540
Language Note: Translated from the Dutch.
Description: xii, 280 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction. Apious religious women's movement ; The search for inner meaning ; The writings of the Canonesses of Windesheim and their reception --
Aspects of life in the convent. The inhabitants of the convent ; Postulance, taking the veil, profession ; Education and training ; Year, week, day --
Communal devotion and piety. Liturgical celebrations ; Chapter of faults ; Silence ; In the sweat of thy face ; Copying and illuminating ; Religious nourishment ; Rest and recreation ; Words of inspiration --
Living with texts. Reading for a pure heart ; Reading with the pen? ; Devout exercises --
Written instructions. A rule of life for devout sisters ; Devout epistles ; Five letters on the reformation of Mariënberg in Helmstedt ; The collations of Johannes Brinckerinck --
Devout biography and historiography. The diepenveen viten ; Learning virtues ; The work of Griete Essinchghes ; The chronicle of Bethanië ; Chronicle and sisterbook --
Two spiritual friends from Facons. Jacomijne Costers ; An account of a journey through hell ; Reform through literary means ; Mechtild van Rieviren and her comforting conversations with Christ --
Alijt Bake, a woman with a mission. Biography ; Reading, writing and erasing ; Three moments in the literary career of Alijt Bake ; Audience and dissemination --
Literature and the choir nuns of Windesheim. Language and literature in daily life ; The role of the pastors ; The Windesheim choir nuns as authors.
Other Titles: Deemoed en devotie.
Responsibility: Wybren Scheepsma ; translated from the Dutch by David F. Johnson.
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A case study of the Chapter of Windesheim and the texts produced there illuminates the female spiritual experience of the Modern Devotion, a northern European movement of the late fourteenth century.  Read more...

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