Handmaids of the Lord: Contemporary Descriptions of Feminine Asceticism in the First Six Christian Centuries
Joan M. Petersen
Gorgias Press, LLC, 2010 - Religion - 441 pages
Throughout the Christian world, women have chosen to lead disciplined lives of prayer and asceticism. Descriptions of early role-models--Macrina, the two Paulas and Melanias, Radagunde--and others by contemporaries, usually men, provide details of their austerities, their aspirations, and their relationship with the Church and the world, not least with male authority figures.
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