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By Elizabeth Makowski

ISBN-10: 0813213924

ISBN-13: 9780813213927

WINNER OF THE 2007 background of girls spiritual exotic ebook AWARD

Whether they have been secular canonesses or beguines, tertiaries or Sisters of the typical existence, quasi-religious ladies within the later heart a long time lived their lives opposed to a backdrop of fight and lack of confidence ensuing, in huge degree, from their ambivalent criminal prestige. simply because they lacked a number of of the canonical earmarks of spiritual girls strictly conversing, they'd to justify their unauthorized lifestyle and to guard themselves opposed to organization with those that were branded unorthodox, unruly, or perhaps heretical. Ambiguous criminal prestige in the geared up Church and the contests to which it gave upward push are a relentless subject within the historiography of quasi-religious girls, but there was no full-scale learn of what it intended at legislation to be a mulier religiosa.

This ebook offers a radical exam of the writings of canon legal professionals within the past due center a long time as they arrive to phrases, either of their educational paintings and likewise of their roles as judges and advisers, with ladies who weren't, strictly conversing, spiritual, yet who have been popularly regarded as such. It reports the ways that jurists strove to categorize those ladies and to elucidate the occasionally ambivalent canons on the subject of their lives locally. It assesses, between different issues, the level to which attorneys proved aware of well known in addition to realized notions of what constituted spiritual existence for ladies while the pursuits of specific consumers have been at stake.

"A Pernicious kind of Woman" should be an invaluable complement to books dedicated to person quasi-religious girls or to precise manifestations of woman lay piety. it will likely be of curiosity to historians of Christianity and experts within the legislations and women's reviews in addition to a person attracted to the background of non secular women.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Elizabeth Makowski is affiliate Professor of heritage at Texas nation collage. She is the writer of Canon legislation and Cloistered Women and coauthor of Wykked Wyves and the Woes of Marriage.

PRAISE FOR THE BOOK:

"This publication might actually help make clear the context during which girls constructed their types of non secular lifestyles and be of use to historians and people who examine specific girls or groups that have been attempting to continue to exist in [the later heart Ages]."―Magistra

"This publication is a worthwhile follow-up to the author's very good monograph Canon legislation and Cloistered Women. . . . there's no doubt that A Pernicious kind of Woman is a main booklet. Makowski's tale of the formula, reception, and use of the Clementine decrees on quasi-religious girls is a version of ways the ignored, 'elephantine literature' of Fourteenth- and Fifteenth-century canon legislations may be tamed and positioned to stable use. Makowski geared toward a large scholarly viewers and her e-book hits the mark: a reader blind to canon legislations may possibly take with no consideration the lucid summaries of texts that may be really intractable. these professional in ecclesiastical legislations will enjoy this fulfillment the entire extra, yet also needs to be thankful for the best way Makowski easily built-in such technical fabric with one of many sizzling themes of medieval historiography at the present time: overdue medieval women's religiosity."―Patrick Nold, Ecclesiastical legislations Journal

"Elizabeth Makowski brilliantly is sensible of the incongruities among canon law's expanding 'crack-down' on spiritual ladies of every type and the reality of accelerating numbers of past due medieval quasi-religious girls. In so doing she has written a vital e-book for all these embarking at the examine of medieval non secular ladies, at the heritage of canon legislations, and at the historical past of these overdue medieval cities and areas that started to persecute beguines and different non secular ladies. the significance of this examine is threefold: it constitutes a worthwhile advent to the paintings

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The beguines originated in the late twelfth century, but some historians, and medieval canonesses themselves, traced the roots of the canonical way of life back to the fourth century. 3 Even if we confine ourselves 2. The debate about content and circumstances of publication will be dealt with in the next chapter, along with questions regarding the number of canons actually issued by the council of Vienne and included in the Clementines. 3. N. Backmund, “Canonesses,” NCE, 3:53; Jo Ann Kay McNamara, Sisters in Arms (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1996), p.

The debate about content and circumstances of publication will be dealt with in the next chapter, along with questions regarding the number of canons actually issued by the council of Vienne and included in the Clementines. 3. N. Backmund, “Canonesses,” NCE, 3:53; Jo Ann Kay McNamara, Sisters in Arms (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1996), p. 177. Karl Heinrich Schäfer, Die Kanonissenstifter in deutschen Mittelalter (Stutt-gart: F. Enke, 1907, rpt. Amsterdam: P. Schippers, 1965) is a classic monographic study.

31 To support his terse conclusion, Johannes appends the proof text Perniciosam. For Johannes, Perniciosam was acerbic enough in tone and sufficiently suggestive of moral danger to warrant being used to support a conclusion which the legislation itself—all previous reforming legislation in fact—had resisted drawing. Johannes used it to support his contention that the status of secular canonesses—the institution per se and not just some abuses within it—merited condemnation. Certainly, he was predisposed to do so and he had predisposed his readers to do the same by providing them with accumulated evidence of behavior “unbecoming” religious women, especially religious women subject to the recent restrictions of Periculoso.

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