Equal in Monastic Profession: Religious Women in Medieval France

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In this study of the manner in which medieval nuns lived, Penelope Johnson challenges facile stereotypes of nuns living passively under monastic rule, finding instead that collectively they were empowered by their communal privileges and status to think and act without many of the subordinate attitudes of secular women. In the words of one abbess comparing nuns with monks, they were "different as to their sex but equal in their monastic profession." Johnson researched more than two dozen nunneries in northern France from ...

Equal in Monastic Profession: Religious Women in Medieval France 1994, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL

ISBN-13: 9780226401867

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Equal in Monastic Profession: Religious Women in Medieval France 1991, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL

ISBN-13: 9780226401850

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