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The care of nuns : the ministries of Benedictine women in England during the central Middle Ages

Author: Katie Ann-Marie Bugyis
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In her ground-breaking new study, Katie Bugyis offers a new history of communities of Benedictine nuns in England from 900 to 1225. By applying innovative paleographical, codicological, and textual analyses to their surviving liturgical books, Bugyis recovers a treasure trove of unexamined evidence for understanding these women's lives and the liturgical and pastoral ministries they performed. She examines the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Katie Ann-Marie Bugyis
ISBN: 9780190851286 0190851287
OCLC Number: 1061038778
Language Note: In English; some texts in the Appendix in Latin.
Description: xx, 365 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: curates of nuns --
Memory-keepers --
Pastors --
Evangelists --
Confessors --
Intercessors --
Conclusion: ministers of Christ.
Responsibility: Katie Ann-Marie Bugyis.

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"In her ground-breaking new study, Katie Bugyis offers a new history of communities of Benedictine nuns in England from 900 to 1225. By applying innovative paleographical, codicological, and textual analyses to their surviving liturgical books, Bugyis recovers a treasure trove of unexamined evidence for understanding these women's lives and the liturgical and pastoral ministries they performed. She examines the duties and responsibilities of their chief monastic officers-abbesses, prioresses, cantors, and sacristans-highlighting three of the ministries vital to their practice-liturgically reading the gospel, hearing confessions, and offering intercessory prayers for others. Where previous scholarship has argued that the various reforms of the central Middle Ages effectively relegated nuns to complete dependency on the sacramental ministrations of priests, Bugyis shows that, in fact, these women continued to exercise primary control over their spiritual care. Essential to this argument is the discovery that the production of the liturgical books used in these communities was carried out by female scribes, copyists, correctors, and creators of texts, attesting to the agency and creativity that nuns exercised in the care they extended to themselves and those who sought their hospitality, counsel, instruction, healing, forgiveness, and intercession." --

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