Medieval Religious Women in the Low Countries

Medieval Religious Women in the Low Countries

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Medieval religious women have become a favourite subject for many historians, largely because nuns and the like were among the few women permitted a voice. This study, first published in Dutch in 1997, moves the focus away from the more usual southern Netherlands to the north where religious women flourished between the 14th and 16th centuries in a movement called the Modern Devotion. Scheepsma's in-depth and specialised study of the women who followed this Devotion examines questions of female literacy, the introspection that the movement required and the texts that ensued, the choice of subject and the great outpouring of manuscripts during the 15th century. The study also looks at life with the Modern Devotion, its instruction and its suspicion of mysticism.The a#39;modern Devotiona#39;, the Canonesses of Windesheim, and Their Writings Wybren Scheepsma ... General instructions for reading or book-lists have not come down to us, and individual preferences can be ... preservation of spiritual literature from the convents, see Obbema 1996, 91a€“102. 21 DV, ff. 250ra€“v and D, f. 60d.

Title:Medieval Religious Women in the Low Countries
Author: Wybren Scheepsma
Publisher:Boydell & Brewer - 2004

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