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By Elizabeth Makowski

ISBN-10: 0813213924

ISBN-13: 9780813213927

WINNER OF THE 2007 historical past of ladies non secular unique publication 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 non secular ladies strictly conversing, that they had to justify their unauthorized lifestyle and to guard themselves opposed to organization with those that were branded unorthodox, unruly, or perhaps heretical. Ambiguous felony prestige in the prepared 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 in addition of their roles as judges and advisers, with girls who weren't, strictly talking, spiritual, yet who have been popularly considered such. It reviews the ways that jurists strove to categorize those ladies and to elucidate the occasionally ambivalent canons when it comes to their lives in the neighborhood. It assesses, between different issues, the level to which legal professionals proved aware of well known in addition to realized notions of what constituted non secular existence for girls 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 reports in addition to someone drawn to the historical past of non secular women.


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


"This e-book may help make clear the context within which ladies constructed their sorts of spiritual existence and be of use to historians and people who examine specific girls or groups that have been attempting to live on in [the later center Ages]."―Magistra

"This ebook is a helpful 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 primary booklet. Makowski's tale of the formula, reception, and use of the Clementine decrees on quasi-religious girls is a version of ways the overlooked, 'elephantine literature' of Fourteenth- and Fifteenth-century canon legislations might be tamed and positioned to reliable use. Makowski geared toward a large scholarly viewers and her publication hits the mark: a reader unaware of canon legislations may perhaps take with no consideration the lucid summaries of texts that may be relatively intractable. these specialist in ecclesiastical legislation will relish this success the entire extra, yet also needs to be thankful for the way in which Makowski easily built-in such technical fabric with one of many sizzling themes of medieval historiography this present day: past due medieval women's religiosity."―Patrick Nold, Ecclesiastical legislations Journal

"Elizabeth Makowski brilliantly is smart of the incongruities among canon law's expanding 'crack-down' on non secular ladies of all types and the reality of accelerating numbers of overdue medieval quasi-religious ladies. In so doing she has written an important ebook for all these embarking at the research of medieval non secular ladies, at the background of canon legislation, and at the background 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 priceless creation to the paintings

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177–203, 198; Craig Harline, “Actives and Contemplatives: The Female Religious of the Low Countries before and after Trent,” Catholic Historical Review LXXXI:4 (1995): 541–67. , July, 2001. Van Engen shows that from the start of the 15th century, tertiaries in the Utrecht diocese were given unconditional support by the bishop of Utrecht, who granted them full ecclesiastical immunity, in spite of the fact that they did not yet take solemn vows. Mario Sensi, “Anchoresses and Penitents in Thirteenth- and Fourteenth-Century Umbria,” in Women and Religion, pp.

For details of his life and work see: James A. Brundage, Medieval Canon Law (London: Longman, 1995), pp. 58–59, 216–17; S. Stelling-Michaud, “Jean d’André,” DDC, 6:89–92. C. Attendentes and Secular Canonesses 11 with which he was regarded by contemporaries, who referred to him as iuris canonici fons et tuba (roughly, source and trumpet/transmitter of canon law), is reflected in the fact that both his commentary on the Liber Sextus and his Apparatus to the Clementines were quickly accepted as the standard glosses to these important collections.

Like earlier legislation, it is couched in terms of ‘alleged abuses,’ seeks to end those abuses, yet stops short of condemning the whole institution. At this point in his gloss (but not, as we shall see, when he adduces the same text in his commentary on Attendentes), Johannes follows suit. Abandoning description and critique of the institution per se, he turns instead to the central issue of Dilecta: the jurisdictional powers of the abbess of Quedlinburg. At the beginning of Dilecta, Pope Honorius III had mentioned that in an attempt to achieve control over her subordinates, the abbess had used tactics such as suspension from office.

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