Dark Age Nunneries. The Ambiguous Identity of Female Monasticism, 800-1050

TitelDark Age Nunneries. The Ambiguous Identity of Female Monasticism, 800-1050
PublicatietypeBook
Publicatiejaar2018
AuteursVanderputten, S.
Aantal Pagina'sXIII+309
UitgeverijCornell University Press
PlaatsIthaca
ISBN Nummer978150171594
Samenvatting

In Dark Age Nunneries, Steven Vanderputten dismantles the common view of women religious between 800 and 1050 as disempowered or even disinterested witnesses to their own lives. It is based on a study of primary sources from forty female monastic communities in Lotharingia—a politically and culturally diverse region that boasted an extraordinarily high number of such institutions. Vanderputten highlights the attempts by women religious and their leaders, as well as the clerics and the laymen and -women sympathetic to their cause, to construct localized narratives of self, preserve or expand their agency as religious communities, and remain involved in shaping the attitudes and behaviors of the laity amid changing contexts and expectations on the part of the Church and secular authorities.