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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

The Beguines Of Medieval Paris

Author : Tanya Stabler Miller
ISBN : 9780812246070
Genre : History
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In the thirteenth century, Paris was the largest city in Western Europe, the royal capital of France, and the seat of one of Europe's most important universities. In this vibrant and cosmopolitan city, the beguines, women who wished to devote their lives to Christian ideals without taking formal vows, enjoyed a level of patronage and esteem that was uncommon among like communities elsewhere. Some Parisian beguines owned shops and played a vital role in the city's textile industry and economy. French royals and nobles financially supported the beguinages, and university clerics looked to the beguines for inspiration in their pedagogical endeavors. The Beguines of Medieval Paris examines these religious communities and their direct participation in the city's commercial, intellectual, and religious life. Drawing on an array of sources, including sermons, religious literature, tax rolls, and royal account books, Tanya Stabler Miller contextualizes the history of Parisian beguines within a spectrum of lay religious activity and theological controversy. She examines the impact of women on the construction of medieval clerical identity, the valuation of women's voices and activities, and the surprising ways in which local networks and legal structures permitted women to continue to identify as beguines long after a church council prohibited the beguine status. Based on intensive archival research, The Beguines of Medieval Paris makes an original contribution to the history of female religiosity and labor, university politics and intellectual debates, royal piety, and the central place of Paris in the commerce and culture of medieval Europe.
Category: History

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

Building The Benedict Option

Author : Leah Libresco
ISBN : 9781642290431
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Building the Benedict Option is a combination spiritual memoir and practical handbook for Christians who want to build communities of prayer, socialization, and evangelization in the places where they live and work. Beginning when the author was a new convert, she desired more communal prayer and fellowship than weekly Mass could provide. She surveyed her friends--busy, young, urban professionals like herself--and created unique enriching or supportive experiences that matched their desires and schedules. The result was a less lonely and more boisterous spiritual and social life. No Catholic Martha Stewart, Libresco is frank about how she plans events that allow her to feed thirty people on a Friday night without feeling exhausted. She is honest about the obstacles to prayer and the challenge to make it inviting and unobtrusive. Above all, she communicates the joy she has experienced since discovering ways to open her home (even when it was only a small studio apartment). The reader will close this book with four or five ideas for events to try over the next few weeks, along with the tools to make them fruitful. From film nights to picnics in the park to resume-writing evenings, there are plenty of ideas to choose from and loads of encouragement to make more room in one's life for others.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Der Spiegel Der Einfachen Seelen

Author : Marguerite Porete
ISBN : 9783843801935
Genre : Religion
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"Ein spiritueller und zeitkritischer Bestseller". Irmgard Kampmann Am 1. Juni 1310 wird Marguerite Porete mitten in Paris bei lebendigen Leib verbrannt - zusammen mit ihrem Buch, das die heilige Inquisition in Aufruhr versetzt hatte. Der grausame Feuertod der nordfranzösischen Begine konnte allerdings nicht verhindern, dass "Der Spiegel der einfachen Seelen" über Jahrhunderte hinweg ein Bestseller wurde. In mehreren Sprachen fand er anonym in ganz Europa Verbreitung und übte einen kaum zu überschätzenden Einfluss auf das religiöse Denken weit über ihre Zeit hinaus aus. Meister Eckhart etwa ist erkennbar von diesem Buch inspiriert. Was war so gefährlich an der Schrift dieser frommen Begine? Den religiösen Zwängen ihrer Zeit setzt Marguerite Porete eine schier unerhörte Mystik der Freiheit entgegen! Der von Gottes Liebe ganz durchdrungene Mensch braucht sich weder um Tugenden noch um Bußübungen, Messen, Predigten usw. zu kümmern! Der Atem der Freiheit durchdringt dieses Buch, und so manche kühne These der Reformation nimmt Marguerite Porte wörtlich vorweg. Erst im 20. Jahrhundert gelang der Forschung der Nachweis, dass Marguerite Porete die Autorin des "Spiegels der einfachen Seelen" ist. Eines der bedeutendsten Werke der Frauenmystik des Mittelalters liegt nun in einer neuen deutschen Übersetzung vor. Für alle an der Geschichte des Mittelalters, an der abendländischen Mystik, an der Befreiungsgeschichte der Frau Interessierte ist dieses einzigartige Werk nun neu erschlossen. Neu übersetzt aus dem Altfranzösischen von Bruno Kern.
Category: Religion

Gargoyle

Author : Andrew Davidson
ISBN : 9783827079541
Genre : Fiction
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Das aufregendste Debüt der letzten Jahre: die fesselnde Geschichte einer Liebe, die die Grenzen von Zeit und Raum überschreitet. Ein Mann fährt eine dunkle Straße entlang, als er plötzlich geblendet wird, sein Wagen in eine Schlucht stürzt und Feuer fängt. Er überlebt, wird mit schwersten Verbrennungen ins Krankenhaus eingeliefert - und hat in den Wochen der Rekonvaleszenz nur einen Gedanken: wie er nach seiner Entlassung Selbstmord begehen kann. Doch dann taucht eine mysteriöse Frau an seinem Krankenbett auf, die schöne Marianne Engel, Bildhauerin beeindruckender Gargoyles. Sie behauptet, sie seien einst Liebende gewesen - vor siebenhundert Jahren in Deutschland, als sie eine Nonne war und er ein Söldner auf der Flucht. Ist diese Frau verrückt? Oder ist sie der rettende Engel, der ihn aus seiner Verzweiflung und Todessehnsucht erlösen wird?
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Das Fliessende Licht Der Gottheit

Author : Mechthild (of Magdeburg)
ISBN : 3618661908
Genre : Fliessende Licht der Gottheit
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