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Lives of the Anchoresses (The Middle Ages Series)

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Lives of the AnchoressesThe Rise of the Urban Recluse in Medieval EuropeAnneke B. Mulder-Bakker. Translated by Myra Heerspink Scholz"We are blessed here with a study of rare insight and perception into the functioning of lay religious devotion in northwestern Europe and its interaction with institutionalized and learned clerical religion."--SpeculumIn cities and towns across northern Europe in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, a new type of religious woman took up authoritative positions in society, all the while living as public recluses in cells attached to the sides of churches. In Lives of the Anchoresses, Anneke Mulder-Bakker offers a new history of these women who chose to forsake the world but did not avoid it.Unlike nuns, anchoresses maintained their ties to society and belonged to no formal religious order. From their solitary anchorholds in very public places, they acted as teachers and counselors and, in some cases, theological innovators for parishioners who would speak to them from the street, through small openings in the walls of their cells. Available at all hours, the anchoresses were ready to care for the community's faithful whenever needed.Through careful biographical studies of five emblematic anchoresses, Mulder-Bakker reveals the details of these influential religious women. The life of the unnamed anchoress who was mother to Guibert of Nogent shows the anchoress's role as a spiritual guide in an oral culture. A study of Yvette of Huy shows the myriad possibilities open to one woman who eventually chose the life of an anchoress. The accounts of Juliana of Cornillon and Eve of St. Martin raise questions about the participation of religious women in theological discussions and their contributions to church liturgy. And the biographical study of Margaret the Lame of Magdeburg explores the anchoress's role as day-to-day religious instructor to the ordinary faithful.Anneke B. Mulder-Bakker is a senior lecturer in history and medieval studies at the University of Groningen. She is the author many books in Dutch, including Seeing and Knowing: Women and Learning in Medieval Europe, 1200-1550 and is editor of The Invention of Saintliness and Sanctity and Motherhood: Essays on Holy Mothers in the Middle Ages.The Middle Ages Series2005 | 312 pages | 6 x 9ISBN 978-0-8122-3852-5 | Cloth | $65.00s | £42.50 ISBN 978-0-8122-0286-1 | Ebook | $65.00s | £42.50 World Rights | History, Women's/Gender Studies, ReligionShort copy:In cities and towns across northern Europe in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, a new type of religious woman took up authoritative though solitary positions in medieval society. Mulder-Bakker offers a new history of these women and their roles as counselors, theological innovators, and public recluses.
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ISBN-13: 9780812238525
ISBN-10: 0812238524
Pagini: 312
Dimensiuni: 168 x 238 x 26 mm
Greutate: 0.61 kg
Editura: University of Pennsylvania Press
Seriile The Middle Ages Series , Middle Ages Series

Locul publicării: United States