By Elizabeth Makowski

ISBN-10: 0813213924

ISBN-13: 9780813213927

WINNER OF THE 2007 background of ladies non secular unique e-book AWARD

Whether they have been secular canonesses or beguines, tertiaries or Sisters of the typical existence, quasi-religious girls within the later heart a while 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, that they had to justify their unauthorized lifestyle and to shield themselves opposed to organization with those that were branded unorthodox, unruly, or maybe heretical. Ambiguous criminal prestige in the equipped Church and the contests to which it gave upward thrust are a continuing subject matter within the historiography of quasi-religious girls, but there was no full-scale research 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 heart a while 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, non secular, yet who have been popularly considered such. It reports the ways that jurists strove to categorize those ladies and to elucidate the occasionally ambivalent canons in terms of their lives in the neighborhood. It assesses, between different issues, the level to which attorneys proved attentive to 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 type of Woman" may be an invaluable complement to books dedicated to person quasi-religious ladies or to precise manifestations of girl lay piety. will probably be of curiosity to historians of Christianity and experts within the legislations and women's reviews in addition to somebody attracted to the background of non secular women.


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.


"This ebook can help you make clear the context during which ladies constructed their kinds of non secular existence and be of use to historians and people who research specific ladies or groups that have been attempting to continue to exist in [the later center Ages]."―Magistra

"This e-book is a invaluable follow-up to the author's very good monograph Canon legislations and Cloistered Women. . . . there isn't any doubt that A Pernicious type of Woman is a chief publication. Makowski's tale of the formula, reception, and use of the Clementine decrees on quasi-religious ladies is a version of ways the missed, 'elephantine literature' of Fourteenth- and Fifteenth-century canon legislations could be tamed and placed to stable use. Makowski aimed toward a large scholarly viewers and her ebook hits the mark: a reader blind to canon legislations may well take without any consideration the lucid summaries of texts that may be particularly intractable. these specialist in ecclesiastical legislation will savour this fulfillment the entire extra, yet also needs to be pleased about the best way Makowski easily built-in such technical fabric with one of many sizzling subject matters of medieval historiography this day: 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 non secular ladies of every type and the reality of accelerating numbers of overdue medieval quasi-religious ladies. In so doing she has written a vital ebook for all these embarking at the research of medieval spiritual girls, at the background of canon legislations, and at the heritage of these overdue medieval cities and areas that started to persecute beguines and different spiritual girls. the significance of this learn is threefold: it constitutes a worthwhile advent to the paintings

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Amsterdam: P. Schippers, 1965) is a classic monographic study. For good historical overviews of the institution see: M. Parisse, “Kanonissen,” LMA, 5:907–8; “Canonichesse Secolari,” DIP, 2:42–45; and P. Torquebiau, “Chanoinesses,” DDC, 3:488–530, which places emphasis on ancient origins as well as citing some of the proof texts we deal with in this chapter. For early medieval developments consult Suzanne Fonay Wemple, “Monastic Life of Women from the Merovingians to the Ottonians,” in Hrotsvit of Gandersheim—Rara Avis in Saxonia?

Part I deals with specific enactments which found their way into the law books and which consequently generated academic commentary for decades after their promulgation. This commentary is presented alongside the decree which gave rise to it not only to illustrate the course taken by canonical reasoning, but also to acquaint the reader with allusions and authoritative texts that will reappear in subsequent glosses. Part II examines instances in which the canonists applied the law in actual cases involving quasi-religious women.

For a biographical details see NCE,14:1101; On his work see Schulte, QL, 2:283–85. Several articles, as well as portions of books dealing with the Great Schism, treat of Zabaralla’s role in the conciliar movement. For example, Brian Tierney, Foundations of the Counciliar Theory (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1955), pp. 220–37. 33. Franciscus Zabarella, Lectura super Clementinis (Venice, 1499), gloss to Clem. 2 ad verbum: ipsas, p. 137. 34. See the preface to this book for details regarding this decree.

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