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The Wisdom Of The Beguines

Author : Laura Swan
ISBN : 162919008X
Genre : History
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The beguines began to form in various parts of Europe over eight hundred years ago. Beguines were laywomen, not nuns, and they did not live in monasteries. They practiced a remarkable way of living independently, and they were never a religious order or a formalized movement. But there were common elements that these medieval women shared across Europe, including their visionary spirituality, their unusual business acumen, and their courageous commitment to the poor and sick. Beguines were essentially self-defined, in opposition to the many attempts to control and define them. They lived by themselves or in communities called beguinages, which could be single homes for just a few women or, as in Brugge, Brussels, and Amsterdam, walled-in rows of houses where hundreds of beguines lived together--a village of women within a medieval town or city. Among the beguines were celebrated spiritual writers and mystics, including Mechthild of Magdeburg, Beatrijs of Nazareth, Hadewijch, and Marguerite Porete--who was condemned as a heretic and burned at the stake in Paris in 1310. She was not the only beguine suspected of heresy, and often politics were the driving force behind such charges. The beguines, across the centuries, have left us a great legacy. They invite us to listen to their voices, to seek out their wisdom, to discover them anew.
Category: History

Women S Prophetic Writings In Seventeenth Century Britain

Author : Carme Font
ISBN : 9781317231387
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This study examines women’s prophetic writings in seventeenth-century Britain as the literary outcome of a discourse of social transformation that integrates religious conscience, political participation, and gender identity. The following pages approach prophecy as a culture, a language, and a catalyst for collective change as the individual prophet conceptualized it. While the corpus of prophetic writing continues to grow as the result of archival research, this monograph complements our particular knowledge of women’s prophecy in the seventeenth century with a global assessment of what makes speech prophetic in the first place, and what are the differences and similarities between texts that fall into the prophetic mode. These disparities and commonalities stand out in the radical language of prophecy as well as in the way it creates an authorial centre. Examining how authorship is represented in several configurations of prophetic delivery, such as essays on prophecy, poetic prophecy, spiritual autobiography, and election narratives, the different chapters consider why prophecy peaked in the years of the civil wars and how it evolved towards the eighteenth century. The analyses extrapolate the peculiarities of each case study as being representative of a form of textually-based activism that enabled women to gain a deeper understanding of themselves as creators of independent meaning that empowered them as individuals, citizens, and believers.
Category: Literary Criticism

Women And The Magna Carta

Author : Jocelynne Scutt
ISBN : 9781137562357
Genre : History
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On the eight-hundredth anniversary of the Magna Carta, Women and the Magna Carta investigates what the charter meant for women's rights and freedoms from an historical and legal perspective.
Category: History

Louise Humann 1766 1836

Author : Margaret R. O’Leary
ISBN : 9781491797594
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Upon Mademoiselle Louise Humanns death in 1836, a distraught Abb Thodore Ratisbonne said of his spiritual mother, Here lays this sweet, strong Christian who, from the depths of her quiet, secluded home, has exercised more influence on the world of her time than will ever be known! Yet in an era when women had few opportunities to excel or contribute to society outside the home, how did this brilliant and pious French mystic help re-Christianize France following the upheaval of the French Revolution? In Louise Humann (17661836)Re-Christianizing Post-Revolutionary France, author Margaret R. OLeary provides a thorough and comprehensive English-language exploration of the history and life of a woman whose extraordinary intellectual prowess, range of thought, and curiosity helped assist a risky underground pastoral ministry during the French Revolution and rebuild the decimated Roman Catholic diocese of Mayence, France. From her early years as a youth receiving the daily light of God to the later development of her radical Christian philosophya philosophy that so confounded Pope Gregory XVI that he said she and her disciples had sinned by an excess of faiththe history of Louise Humann comes alive in detailed historical records, letters, and biographies. Though an anachronism for her timea woman with the mind of a man and the capabilities of a scholar, said one professor who knew her as a youththe power of Louise Humanns apostolate is central for understanding the direction and development of the Roman Catholic Church and the Congrgation de Notre Dame de Sion in the nineteenth century.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Rick Steves Belgium Bruges Brussels Antwerp Ghent

Author : Rick Steves
ISBN : 9781631216107
Genre : Travel
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Stroll through medieval squares past soaring bell towers and along quiet canals: with Rick Steves on your side, Belgium can be yours! Inside Rick Steves Belgium: Bruges, Brussels, Antwerp & Ghent you'll find: Comprehensive coverage for spending a week or more exploring Belgium Rick's strategic advice on how to get the most out of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favorites Top sights and hidden gems, from the European Parliament and Flanders Fields to boutique breweries and cozy cafés with perfect Belgian fries How to connect with culture: Lose yourself in the work of the Flemish masters, sample fine chocolates, and sip craft beers with friendly locals Beat the crowds, skip the lines, and avoid tourist traps with Rick's candid, humorous insight The best places to eat, sleep, and relax Self-guided walking tours of lively neighborhoods and incredible museums Detailed maps for exploring on the go Useful resources including a packing list, Dutch and French phrase books, a historical overview, and recommended reading Over 300 bible-thin pages include everything worth seeing without weighing you down Complete, up-to-date information on Bruges, Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent, and more Make the most of every day and every dollar with Rick Steves Belgium: Bruges, Brussels, Antwerp & Ghent.
Category: Travel

At Play In Creation

Author : Christopher Pramuk
ISBN : 9780814648414
Genre : Religion
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In this series of deeply meditative retreat conferences, Christopher Pramuk leads the reader through a sustained meditation on Wisdom-Sophia, the feminine face of God’s presence alive in the world, who speaks and sings in the writings of Thomas Merton. With the sensitivity of a poet and the intellectual acuity of a seasoned teacher and Catholic theologian, Pramuk invites readers to taste and see for themselves the hidden presence of Christ and the dynamism of Love at play in creation; the biblical and mystical tradition from East to West calls this presence Sophia. Looking beyond Merton to seek out her presence in the silent and broken landscapes of our world today, Pramuk shows Sophia above all to be the bearer of hope in an age of unspeakable violence and planetary destruction. Includes illustrations and photos.
Category: Religion

Women Religion And Leadership

Author : Barbara Denison
ISBN : 9781315468471
Genre : Business & Economics
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Women, Religion and Leadership focuses on women from the traditional context of women as leaders with chapters observing various aspects of leadership from specifically chosen religious female leaders and going on to examine the legacies they leave behind. This book seeks to identify and analyse the gendered issues underlying the structural lack of recognition for women within the church and to examine the culturally constructed narratives related to these women for evidence of their leadership despite the exclusionary rules applied to force their submission to the dominating forces. Finally this book intends to draw out of these women’s stories the various lessons of leadership that invoke current relevancies among prevailing leadership paradigms. Written by experts from disciplines as varied as leadership and communication studies to sociology, and history to medievalist and English scholars; Women, Religion and Leadership will prove key reading for scholars, academics and researchers is these and related disciplines.
Category: Business & Economics

Guds Olydiga Revben

Author : Gunilla Thorgren
ISBN : 9789113082110
Genre : History
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Guds olydiga revben är en högst personlig idéhistorisk resa från antiken och Bibeln som slutar med Martin Luther. Under resans gång med början i Gamla testamentets berättelser om våldtäkter, kvinnoförakt, lydnadskrav och skambeläggning till Nya testamentets förminskning av kvinnan. Dock inte Jesus. Finns det två kristendomar? Med hjälp av feministisk forskning har författaren hittat Jesu sju kvinnliga lärjungar, en våldtagen jungfru Maria, dagen när påven Gregorius förvandlade Jesu främsta lärjunge Maria från Magdala till hora, en Jesusrörelse som bestod av många prostituerade, kvinnliga mystiker som formulerade en feminin gudom och en levande kvinnorörelse under medeltiden som verkade och växte runt om i Europa. Martin Luther, vars reformation nu firas runt om i världen, uteslöt kvinnan från sina frihetsideal. Hennes enda uppgift: att lyda mannen och föda barn. Den kristna idétraditionen lever starkt i det svenska samhället än i dag.
Category: History

Autobiography Of A Yogi Pb Grk

Author : Paramahansa Yogananda
ISBN : 0876121296
Genre : Religion
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Selected as "One of the 100 Best Spiritual Books of the 20th Century," Yogananda's Autobiography of a Yogi has been translated into over 20 languages, and is regarded worldwide as a spiritual classic. It reads like an adventure story while answering questions about religion, God, existence, yoga, higher consciousness, and the challenges of daily spiritual living. It is a book for people of all faiths - anyone yearning to know what life is truly all about. Self Realization Fellowship's editions, and non others, incorporate all of the author's significant revisions to the text of the 1946 first edition.
Category: Religion

Author : William P. Young
ISBN : 9600439281
Genre : Life change events
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Mackenzie Allen Phillips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare.
Category: Life change events