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In this engaging work, Bruce L. Venarde uncovers a largely unknown story of women's religious lives and puts female monasticism back in the mainstream of medieval ecclesiastical history. To chart the expansion of nunneries in France and England during the central Middle Ages, he presents statistics and narratives to describe growth in broad historical contexts, with special attention to social and economic change.

Venarde explains that in the years 1000–1300 the number of nunneries within Europe grew tenfold. In the eleventh and twelfth centuries, religious institutions for women developed in a variety of ways, mostly outside the self-conscious reform movements that have been the traditional focus of monastic history. Not reforming monks but wandering preachers, bishops, and the women and men of local petty aristocracies made possible the foundation of new nunneries. In times of increased agrarian wealth, decentralization of power, and a shortage of potential spouses, many women decided to become nuns and proved especially adept at combining spiritual search with practical acumen.

This era of expansion came to an end in the thirteenth century when forces of regulation and new economic realities reduced radically the number of new nunneries. Venarde argues that the factors encouraging and inhibiting monastic foundations for men and women were much more similar than scholars have previously assumed.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Frontispiece, Copyright, Dedication, Epigraph
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. Bruce L. Venarde
  3. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. Note on Terms
  2. pp. xvii-xviii
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xix-xx
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  1. CHAPTER 1 The Expansion of Female Monasticism in the Central Middle Ages
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. CHAPTER 2 The Old-Fashioned Way: Foundations in the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries
  2. pp. 17-51
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  1. CHAPTER 3 Nunneries in an Age of Change, circa 1080–circa 1170
  2. pp. 52-88
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  1. CHAPTER 4 Social and Economic Contexts in the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries
  2. pp. 89-132
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  1. CHAPTER 5 The End of an Era, circa 1170–circa 1215
  2. pp. 133-169
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 170-186
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  1. APPENDIX A: Repertory of Monastic Foundations and Refoundations
  2. pp. 187-210
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  1. APPENDIX B: Diocesan Centers and Other Cities
  2. pp. 211-214
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 215-234
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  1. Index of Monastic Houses
  2. pp. 235-238
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  1. General Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781501717246
Related ISBN
9780801486159
MARC Record
OCLC
806105820
Pages
264
Launched on MUSE
2019-01-02
Language
English
Open Access
No
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