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Spiritual Economies: Female Monasticism in Later Medieval England (Middle Ages Series)

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From its creation in the early fourteenth century to its dissolution in the sixteenth, the nunnery at Dartford was among the richest in England. Although obliged to support not only its own community but also a priory of Dominican friars at King's Langley, Dartford prospered. Records attest to the business skill of the Dartford nuns, as they managed the house's numerous holdings of land and property, together with the rents and services owed them. That the Dartford nuns were capable businesswomen is not surprising, since the house was also a center of female education.

For Nancy Bradley Warren, the story of Dartford exemplifies the vibrancy of nuns' material and spiritual lives in later medieval England. Revising the long-held view that fourteenth- and fifteenth-century English nunneries were impoverished both financially and religiously, Warren clarifies that the women in female monastic communities like Dartford were not woefully incompetent at managing their affairs. Instead, she reveals the complex role of female monasticism in diverse systems of production and exchange. Like the nuns at Dartford, women religious in late medieval England were enmeshed in material, symbolic, political, and spiritual economies that were at times in harmony and at other times in conflict with each other.

Building on emerging cross-disciplinary trends in feminist scholarship on medieval religion, Warren extends ongoing debates about textual and economic constructions of women's identities to the rarely considered evidence of monastic theory and practice. To this end, Spiritual Economies emphasizes that the cloister was not impermeable. As worldly forces such as economic trends and political conflicts affected life in the nunneries, so too did religious practices have political impact. In breaking down the convent wall, Warren also succeeds in breaching the boundaries separating the material and the symbolic, the religious and the secular, the literary and the historical. She turns to a wide range of sources-from legislative texts, court records, and financial accounts to devotional treatises and political propaganda-to explore the centrality of female monasticism to the flowering of female spirituality and to the later Middle Ages at large.

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Spiritual EconomiesFemale Monasticism in Later Medieval EnglandNancy Bradley WarrenWinner of the 2004 Gustave O. Arlt Award in the HumanitiesAn ambitious study of the actual and symbolic place of women and femininity in fifteenth-century English monastic, literary, and political culture.--Nicholas Watson, University of Western OntarioImpressive. . . . Warren is careful to honor the integrity of religious life while looking at the multiple forces that influenced it, and that it influenced as well.--Sharon Elkins, Wellesley CollegeThe sheer range of Warren's stimulating, provocative discussion . . . is impressive. The richness of her sources, a number of which are examined here for the first time, will make her book an important port-of-call.--English Historical ReviewFrom its creation in the early fourteenth century to its dissolution in the sixteenth, the nunnery at Dartford was among the richest in England. Although obliged to support not only its own community but also a priory of Dominican friars at King's Langley, Dartford prospered. Records attest to the business skill of the Dartford nuns, as they managed the house's numerous holdings of land and property, together with the rents and services owed them. That the Dartford nuns were capable businesswomen is not surprising, since the house was also a center of female education.For Nancy Bradley Warren, the story of Dartford exemplifies the vibrancy of nuns' material and spiritual lives in later medieval England. Revising the long-held view that fourteenth- and fifteenth-century English nunneries were impoverished both financially and religiously, Warren clarifies that the women in female monastic communities like Dartford were not woefully incompetent at managing their affairs. Instead, she reveals the complex role of female monasticism in diverse systems of production and exchange. Like the nuns at Dartford, women religious in late medieval England were enmeshed in material, symbolic, political, and spiritual economies that were at times in harmony and at other times in conflict with each other.Building on emerging cross-disciplinary trends in feminist scholarship on medieval religion, Warren extends ongoing debates about textual and economic constructions of women's identities to the rarely considered evidence of monastic theory and practice. To this end, Spiritual Economies emphasizes that the cloister was not impermeable. As worldly forces such as economic trends and political conflicts affected life in the nunneries, so too did religious practices have political impact. In breaking down the convent wall, Warren also succeeds in breaching the boundaries separating the material and the symbolic, the religious and the secular, the literary and the historical. She turns to a wide range of sources--from legislative texts, court records, and financial accounts to devotional treatises and political propaganda--to explore the centrality of female monasticism to the flowering of female spirituality and to the later Middle Ages at large.Nancy Bradley Warren teaches English at Utah State University. She is the author of Women of God and Arms: Female Spirituality and Political Conflict, 1380-1600, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.The Middle Ages Series2001 - 280 pages - 6 x 9ISBN 978-0-8122-3583-8 - Cloth - $65.00s - 42.50 World Rights - History, Religion, Women's/Gender StudiesShort copy: The sheer range of Warren's stimulating, provocative discussion . . . is impressive. The richness of her sources, a number of which are examined here for the first time, will make her book an important port-of-call.--English Historical Review

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Winner of the 2004 Gustave O. Arlt Award in the Humanities "The sheer range of Warren's stimulating, provocative discussion . . . is impressive. The richness of her sources, a number of which are examined here for the first time, will make her book an important port-of-call."--

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [183]-258) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780812235838
Author:
Warren, Nancy
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press
Location:
Philadelphia
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
History
Subject:
Church History
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
England
Subject:
Women's Studies - History
Subject:
Monasticism and religious orders for women
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
England Church history 1066-1485.
Subject:
World History - Medieval and Renaissance
Series:
Middle Ages Series
Series Volume:
v. 93
Publication Date:
20010131
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
9.30x6.33x1.02 in. 1.26 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Spiritual EconomiesFemale Monasticism in Later Medieval EnglandNancy Bradley WarrenWinner of the 2004 Gustave O. Arlt Award in the HumanitiesAn ambitious study of the actual and symbolic place of women and femininity in fifteenth-century English monastic, literary, and political culture.--Nicholas Watson, University of Western OntarioImpressive. . . . Warren is careful to honor the integrity of religious life while looking at the multiple forces that influenced it, and that it influenced as well.--Sharon Elkins, Wellesley CollegeThe sheer range of Warren's stimulating, provocative discussion . . . is impressive. The richness of her sources, a number of which are examined here for the first time, will make her book an important port-of-call.--English Historical ReviewFrom its creation in the early fourteenth century to its dissolution in the sixteenth, the nunnery at Dartford was among the richest in England. Although obliged to support not only its own community but also a priory of Dominican friars at King's Langley, Dartford prospered. Records attest to the business skill of the Dartford nuns, as they managed the house's numerous holdings of land and property, together with the rents and services owed them. That the Dartford nuns were capable businesswomen is not surprising, since the house was also a center of female education.For Nancy Bradley Warren, the story of Dartford exemplifies the vibrancy of nuns' material and spiritual lives in later medieval England. Revising the long-held view that fourteenth- and fifteenth-century English nunneries were impoverished both financially and religiously, Warren clarifies that the women in female monastic communities like Dartford were not woefully incompetent at managing their affairs. Instead, she reveals the complex role of female monasticism in diverse systems of production and exchange. Like the nuns at Dartford, women religious in late medieval England were enmeshed in material, symbolic, political, and spiritual economies that were at times in harmony and at other times in conflict with each other.Building on emerging cross-disciplinary trends in feminist scholarship on medieval religion, Warren extends ongoing debates about textual and economic constructions of women's identities to the rarely considered evidence of monastic theory and practice. To this end, Spiritual Economies emphasizes that the cloister was not impermeable. As worldly forces such as economic trends and political conflicts affected life in the nunneries, so too did religious practices have political impact. In breaking down the convent wall, Warren also succeeds in breaching the boundaries separating the material and the symbolic, the religious and the secular, the literary and the historical. She turns to a wide range of sources--from legislative texts, court records, and financial accounts to devotional treatises and political propaganda--to explore the centrality of female monasticism to the flowering of female spirituality and to the later Middle Ages at large.Nancy Bradley Warren teaches English at Utah State University. She is the author of Women of God and Arms: Female Spirituality and Political Conflict, 1380-1600, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.The Middle Ages Series2001 - 280 pages - 6 x 9ISBN 978-0-8122-3583-8 - Cloth - $65.00s - 42.50 World Rights - History, Religion, Women's/Gender StudiesShort copy: The sheer range of Warren's stimulating, provocative discussion . . . is impressive. The richness of her sources, a number of which are examined here for the first time, will make her book an important port-of-call.--English Historical Review
"Synopsis" by , Winner of the 2004 Gustave O. Arlt Award in the Humanities "The sheer range of Warren's stimulating, provocative discussion . . . is impressive. The richness of her sources, a number of which are examined here for the first time, will make her book an important port-of-call."--
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