Equal in Monastic Profession Paperback

Religious Women in Medieval France

by Penelope D. Johnson;

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Equal in Monastic Profession

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In this study of the manner in which medieval nuns lived, Penelope Johnson challenges facile stereotypes of nuns living passively under monastic rule, finding instead that collectively they were empowered by their communal privileges and status to think and act without many of the subordinate attitudes of secular women. In the words of one abbess comparing nuns with monks, they were "different as to their sex but equal in their monastic profession." Johnson researched more than two dozen nunneries in northern France from the eleventh century through the thirteenth century, balancing a qualitative reading of medieval monastic documents with a quantitative analysis of a lengthy thirteenth-century visitation record which allows an important comparison of nuns and monks. A fascinating look at the world of medieval spirituality, this work enriches our understanding of women's role in premodern Europe and in church history.

Equal in Monastic Profession by Penelope D. Johnson was published by The University of Chicago Press in December 1993. The ISBN for Equal in Monastic Profession is 9780226401867.

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Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherThe University of Chicago Press (December 1993)
EditionNew edition
Number of Pages310
Thickness19 mm
Height232 mm
Width163 mm
Product Code1190784
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