BRILL CHRC 88.4 (2008)58I-6n Church History and Religious Culture www.brill.nllchrc Abstract Cooperative Piety among Monastic and Secular Women in Late Medieval Germany t June L. Mecham Scholarship has demonstrated that religious life for women was more fluid, more tied to the secular world and to gender ideologies, than strict categorizations of monastic versus lay, regular versus extraregular, visual versus intellectual allows. This article argues for the conceptualization and study of female monasticism, and female spirituality in general, as part of a broad continuum-as part of a shared culture of devotional practices-accepted and embraced (to a greater or lesser extent) by both men and women, secular and lay. More specifically, it explores the interaction between secular and professed women in support of monastic life, monastic devotion, and more broadly, medieval religious culture. Religious and lay women collaborated and cooperated to support specific religious communities and particular devotional practices, like the nuns' performance of the liturgy or their duty to remember patrons as part of the monastic memoria. Such collaboration and cooperation, however, has often escaped the notice of historians. Keywords cooperative piety, liturgical decorations, memorials, anniversaries, annuities, devotional reading, exchanges of manuscripts A historiated initial in a thirteenth-century Psalter
Church History and Religious Culture (formerly Nederlands Archief voor Kerkgeschiedenis) – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2008
Keywords: MEMORIALS; DEVOTIONAL READING; ANNIVERSARIES; ANNUITIES; COOPERATIVE PIETY; EXCHANGES OF MANUSCRIPTS; LITURGICAL DECORATIONS
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