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Sisters in arms : Catholic nuns through two millennia

Author: Jo Ann McNamara
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1996.
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History has, until recently, minimized the role of nuns over the centuries. In this volume, their rich lives, their work, and their importance to the Church are finally acknowledged. Jo Ann Kay McNamara introduces us to women scholars, mystics, artists, political activists, healers, and teachers - individuals whose religious vocation enabled them to pursue goals beyond traditional gender roles.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jo Ann McNamara
ISBN: 067480984X 9780674809840 0674809858 9780674809857
OCLC Number: 34113867
Description: xi, 751 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Chastity and Female Identity --
The Roman Empire --
The Apostolic Life Cult and Countercult --
The Discipline of The Desert --
The Early Middle Ages --
The Power of Prayer --
The Frontier Outpost --
The Bonds of CAstimony Family Ties --
The World, The Flesh, and The Devil --
The High Middle Ages --
The Imitation of Christ Cura Mulierum Disordered Women --
The Alchemy of Mysticism --
The Tears of The Magdalene --
The Early Modern Era Regular Lives Defenders of The Faith Martha's Part --
The Mystical Regiment --
The Sweetness of Life Modern Times Culture Wars --
The Feminine Apostolate Conclusion: Toward a Third Millennium.
Responsibility: Jo Ann Kay McNamara.

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History has, until recently, minimized the role of nuns over the centuries. In this volume, their rich lives, their work, and their importance to the Church are finally acknowledged. Jo Ann Kay McNamara introduces us to women scholars, mystics, artists, political activists, healers, and teachers - individuals whose religious vocation enabled them to pursue goals beyond traditional gender roles.

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Preface -- Introduction: chastity and female identity -- The apostolic life -- Cult and countercult -- The discipline of the desert -- The power of prayer -- The frontier outpost -- The bonds of castimony -- Family ties -- The world, the flesh, and the devil -- The imitation of Christ -- Cura mulierum -- Disordered women -- The alchemy of mysticism -- The tears of the Magdalene -- Regular lives -- Defenders of the faith -- Martha's part -- The mystical regiment -- The sweetness of life -- Culture wars -- The feminine apostolate -- Conclusion: toward a third millennium -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.

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