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Equal in monastic profession : religious women in Medieval France

Author: Penelope D Johnson
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1993, ©1991.
Series: Women in culture and society.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st pbk. edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Johnson, Penelope D. (Penelope Delafield), 1938-
Equal in monastic profession.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1993, ©1991
(OCoLC)36223705
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Penelope D Johnson
ISBN: 9780226401973 0226401979
OCLC Number: 404026173
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 294 pages).
Contents: ""CONTENTS""; ""Series Editor's Foreword""; ""Acknowledgments""; ""List of Abbreviations""; ""1 INTRODUCTION""; ""PART I CONNECTING LINKS ""; ""2 THE SECULAR COMMUNITY""; ""The Nun and Her Family""; ""The Surrounding Lay Society""; ""Conclusion""; ""3 THE ECCLESIASTICAL COMMUNITY""; ""Relation to the Church Hierarchy""; ""Relations with Other Clerics""; ""Conclusion""; ""PART II ORGANIZING STRUCTURES""; ""4 THE SEARCH FOR PERFECTION""; ""Vows""; ""Spiritual Life""; ""Conclusion""; ""5 THE STRUCTURE""; ""Administration""; ""Jurisdictions""; ""Conclusion""; ""6 THE FINANCES"" ""Economic Activities""""Conclusion""; ""PART III ASSESSMENTS""; ""7 RELIGIOUS PERSON RATHER THAN WOMAN""; ""Positive Images""; ""Two Miraculous Events""; ""Conclusion""; ""8 CLOSING THE DOORS""; ""The Family Model""; ""Breakdown""; ""Conclusion""; ""Appendix A The Twenty-six Female Monasteries Studied""; ""Appendix B List of Monasteries from the Register of Eudes Rigaud""; ""Glossary""; ""Selected Bibliography""; ""Index""
Series Title: Women in culture and society.
Responsibility: Penelope D. Johnson.

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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 qualita.

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