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Women and Monasticism in Medieval Europe
Sisters and Patrons of the Cistercian Reform

Edited by Constance H Berman

Women and Monasticism in Medieval Europe
Paperback, 146 pages £12.00
Published: 2002
ISBN: 9781580440363
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Subjects: Medieval Institute Publications, Medieval Studies, Religious Studies
Series: TEAMS Documents of Practice Series

A selection of documents, translated primarily from medieval Latin but occasionally from Old French, that shows how religious women and their patrons managed resources to make monastic communities - particularly a variety of Cistercian communities - work. The records help us reconstruct how nuns and abbesses of Cistercian communities in the thirteenth century organized and kept records, managed their properties, responded to attempts at usurpation, and balanced their lives between devotional practices, which were part of their cloistered world, and family and social responsibilities beyond the convent walls.

Acknowledgments Introduction Part I: Charters for Houses Clearly Those of Cistercian Nuns Foundation Charters Reconstructing the Origins of Rifreddo The Urban Scene: Cistercian Nuns at Saint-Antoine-des-Champs near Paris A Foundation in Fulfillment of a Crusader Vow: Port-Royal Queen Blanche of Castille, and Her Cousin, Isabelle of Chartres Part II: More Problematic Examples Coyroux/Obazine: Double-House or Family Monastery? Le Tart and Jully Part III: Statistical Sources Part IV: Narrative and Normative Sources Glossary Further Suggestions for Reading

Constance H. Berman is a professor of history at the University of Iowa. She specializes in medieval social, economic, and women's history.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 146 pages

BIC Code:
  REL015000, REL086000
 Medieval Institute Publications


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