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Creating Cistercian Nuns: The Women's Religious Movement and Its Reform in Thirteenth-Century Champagne

Anne E. Lester

Abstract

This book addresses a central issue in the history of the medieval church: the role of women in the rise of the religious reform movement of the thirteenth century. Focusing on the county of Champagne in France, the book reconstructs the history of the women's religious movement and its institutionalization within the Cistercian order. The common picture of the early Cistercian order is that it was unreceptive to religious women. Male Cistercian leaders often avoided institutional oversight of communities of nuns, preferring instead to cultivate informal relationships of spiritual advice and g ... More

Keywords: medieval church, religious women, religious reform movement, women's religious movement, Cistercian order, institutionalization, Cistercian nuns, crusade movement, penitential piety

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780801449895
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801449895.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne E. Lester, author
Assistant Professor of History, the University of Colorado Boulde