A Conflict of Traditions: Women in Religion in the Early Middle Ages, 500-840

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University Press of America, 1992 - Religion - 225 pages
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Confronts various topics concerning women and religion in the Early Middle Ages such as separation, communal life, and obedience.
 

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Contents

Female Monasticism
3
Communal Life
5
Regular Life
6
Separation of Individual and Institution
7
Economic Foundations of Separation
16
Voluntary Personal Poverty
20
Perseverance
25
Stability
36
The Attitudes of Consecrated Noblewomen
119
Inequality within Religious Communities
122
Control of Religious Communities by the Nobility
127
Noble Rejection of Separation and Obedience
132
The Effect of Noble Patronage on Womens Communities
147
The Nobility and the Selection of Abbesses
151
Actual Duties and Rights of the Abbesses
154
Noble Proprietary Attitudes toward Womens Communities
157

Obedience
44
The Nonmonastic Forms of Female Consecration
63
Consecrated Widowhood
65
Deaconesses
76
Canonesses
81
Consecrated Women in the Sacral Functions of the Church
99
Modification of the Monastic Ideal
117
Consecrated Women as Property Owners
169
Ecclesiastical Legislation Regulating Possession of Property
171
Land Transfer Charters of Consecrated Women
173
The Carolingian Family as Patrons of Womens Communities The Ideal Betrayed
187
BIBLIOGRAPHY
205
INDEX
217
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