The Wisdom of the Beguines Paperback

The Forgotten Story of a Medieval Women's Movement

by Laura Swan;

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The Wisdom of the Beguines

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The beguines began to form in various parts of Europe over eight hundred years ago. Beguines were laywomen, not nuns, and they did not live in monasteries. They practiced a remarkable way of living independently, and they were never a religious order or a formalized movement. But there were common elements that these medieval women shared across Europe, including their visionary spirituality, their unusual business acumen, and their courageous commitment to the poor and sick. Beguines were essentially self-defined, in opposition to the many attempts to control and define them. They lived by themselves or in communities called beguinages, which could be single homes for just a few women or, as in Brugge, Brussels, and Amsterdam, walled-in rows of houses where hundreds of beguines lived togethera village of women within a medieval town or city. Among the beguines were celebrated spiritual writers and mystics, including Mechthild of Magdeburg, Beatrijs of Nazareth, Hadewijch, and Marguerite Poretewho was condemned as a heretic and burned at the stake in Paris in 1310. She was not the only beguine suspected of heresy, and often politics were the driving force behind such charges. The beguines, across the centuries, have left us a great legacy. They invite us to listen to their voices, to seek out their wisdom, to discover them anew."

The Wisdom of the Beguines by Laura Swan was published by BlueBridge in June 2016. The ISBN for The Wisdom of the Beguines is 9781629190082.

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Details for The Wisdom of the Beguines

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback / softback
PublisherBlueBridge (June 2016)
Number of Pages208
Thickness15 mm
Height210 mm
Width140 mm
Product Code4457226
Page last updated 22nd October 2017
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