Paper $32.50 ISBN: 9780226401867 Published February 1994
E-book $7.00 to $30.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226401973 Published May 2009

Equal in Monastic Profession

Religious Women in Medieval France

Penelope D. Johnson

Equal in Monastic Profession
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Penelope D. Johnson

310 pages | 6 halftones, 5 tables | 6 x 9 | © 1991
Paper $32.50 ISBN: 9780226401867 Published February 1994
E-book $7.00 to $30.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226401973 Published May 2009
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.



Contents
Series Editor's Foreword
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
1. Introduction
Part I. Connecting Links
2. The Secular Community
The Nun and Her Family
The Surrounding Lay Society
Conclusion
3. The Ecclesiastical Community
Relation to the Church Hierarchy
Relations with Other Clerics
Conclusion
Part II. Organizing Structures
4. The Search for Perfection
Vows
Spiritual Life
Conclusion
5. The Structure
Administration
Jurisdictions
Conclusion
6. The Finances
Economic Activities
Conclusion
Part III. Assessments
7. Religious Person Rather Than Woman
Positive Images
Two Miraculous Events
Conclusion
8. Closing the Doors
The Family Model
Breakdown
Conclusion

Appendix A. The Twenty-six Female Monasteries Studied
Appendix B. List of Monasteries from the Register of Eudes Rigaud
Glossary
Selected Bibliography
Index
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