Equal in Monastic Profession: Religious Women in Medieval France (Women in Culture and Society)

Equal in Monastic Profession: Religious Women in Medieval France (Women in Culture and Society)

Penelope D. Johnson


In this examine of the way during which medieval nuns lived, Penelope Johnson demanding situations facile stereotypes of nuns residing passively less than monastic rule, discovering as a substitute that jointly they have been empowered by means of their communal privileges and standing to imagine and act with no the various subordinate attitudes of secular girls. within the phrases of 1 abbess evaluating nuns with priests, they have been "different as to their intercourse yet equivalent of their monastic profession."

Johnson researched greater than dozen nunneries in northern France from the 11th century during the 13th century, balancing a qualitative analyzing of medieval monastic files with a quantitative research of a long thirteenth-century visitation list which permits an immense comparability of nuns and priests. a desirable examine the area of medieval spirituality, this paintings enriches our realizing of women's position in premodern Europe and in church history.

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