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Title: Crown and Veil: Female Monasticism from the Fifth to the Fifteenth Centuries
Author: Hamburger, Jeffrey F Susan Marti (eds)
Publisher: Columbia University Press; Publication Date: 2008
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780231139809
Volumes: 1; Pages: 344
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Crown and Veil is an unprecedented survey of female monasticism that begins with the first communities of Late Antiquity and ends with the Reformation. Focusing on the visual culture of female monasticism in the European Middle Ages, contributors place the literature, art and architecture, literacy and liturgy, and the spiritual and economic foundations of these communities within a broader context that encompasses the history of the institution and its ideas. Hailing from both sides of the Atlantic, these scholars represent different disciplines and approaches and offer a wide range of perspectives not to be found in any other book on the subject.Though they have long been considered marginal to mainstream history, nuns and canonesses in fact had a profound influence on many aspects of medieval culture. Not only were nuns revered and admired as models of piety, they also commanded considerable prestige and exercised a significant degree of political power. Whether they were producers or patrons of art and literature, their imaginative accomplishments were widely celebrated. This volume underscores the richness of this largely unfamiliar material and its role in shaping this distinctive form of religious life.