Women and Religion in Medieval and Renaissance Italy
These essays explore the involvement of women in religious life throughout northern and central Italy and trace the evolution of communities of pious women as they tried to achieve their devotional goals despite the strictures of the ecclesiastical hierarchy. The contributors examine relations between holy women, their devout followers, and society at large.
Including contributions from leading figures in a new generation of Italian historians of religion, this book shows how women were able to carve out broad areas of influence by carefully exploiting the institutional church and by astutely manipulating religious percepts.
1: Women and Religion in Late Medieval Italy: History and Historiography
2: A Community of Female Penitents in Thirteenth-Century Padua
3: Clare, Agnes, and Their Earliest Followers: From the Poor Ladies of San Damiano to the Poor Clares
4: Anchoresses and Penitents in Thirteenth- and Fourteenth-Century Umbria
5: Mendicant Friars and Female Pinzochere in Tuscany: From Social Marginality to Models of Sanctity
Anna Benvenuti Papi
6: The Apostolic Canonization Proceedings of Clare of Montefalco, 1318-1319
7: Female, Mystics, Visions, and Iconography
8: Imitable Sanctity: The Legend of Maria of Venice
9: St. Bernardino of Siena, the Wife, and Possessions
10: St. Francesca and the Female Religious Communities of Fifteenth-Century Rome
11: Living Saints: A Typology of Female Sanctity in the Early Sixteenth Century
Afterword: Women Religious in Late Medieval Italy: New Sources and Directions