Women and Monasticism in Medieval Europe: Sisters and Patrons of the Cistercian Reform [Paperback]

Michael J. Lepore (Editor); Constance Berman (Editor)

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ISBN: 9781580440363 | Published by: Medieval Institute Publications | Year of Publication: 2002 | Language: English 146p,

Women and Monasticism in Medieval Europe


A selection of documents, translated primarily from medieval Latin but occasionally from Old French, that shows how religious women and their patrons managed resources to make monastic communities – particularly a variety of Cistercian communities – work. The records help us reconstruct how nuns and abbesses of Cistercian communities in the thirteenth century organized and kept records, managed their properties, responded to attempts at usurpation, and balanced their lives between devotional practices, which were part of their cloistered world, and family and social responsibilities beyond the convent walls.

Table of Contents

Part I: Charters for Houses Clearly Those of Cistercian Nuns
Foundation Charters
Reconstructing the Origins of Rifreddo
The Urban Scene: Cistercian Nuns at Saint-Antoine-des-Champs near Paris
A Foundation in Fulfillment of a Crusader Vow: Port-Royal
Queen Blanche of Castille, and Her Cousin, Isabelle of Chartres
Part II: More Problematic Examples
Coyroux/Obazine: Double-House or Family Monastery?
Le Tart and Jully
Part III: Statistical Sources
Part IV: Narrative and Normative Sources

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