This volume contains 11 contributions that open up unknown and unstudied sources for the culture of nunneries in the later Middle Ages using examples from Germany, Switzerland and England. It focuses on the spiritual life of nuns, their education and vocational training, forms of art and piety, legal status position, and aspects of monastic architecture. Edited here for the first time are a treatise or Sendbrief on simony, a Low-German rule for Franciscan nuns, and documents on the reformation history of North-German nunneries. Art-historical contributions discuss the relationship of text and image in vernacular manuscripts. Archaeological and textual studies explore the relevance of claustration for the development of architecture. Furthermore, the history of education and libraries is discussed in studies on the instruction of young Benedictine nuns in Northern Germany, on the libraries of Dominican convents and a Saxon Cistercian nunnery. Contributors include: Wolfgang Brandis, Falk Eisermann, Jeffrey F. Hamburger, Volker Honemann, Annette Kern-Stahler, Margit Mersch, Hans-Jochen Schiewer, Eva Schlotheuber, Peter Schmidt, Werner Williams-Krapp, and Marius Winzeler.
About the Author:
Falk Eisermann, Ph.D. (1995) University of Gottingen, is Research Associate at the DFG-Handschriftenzentrum at the University Library in Leipzig. He has published on manuscript transmission of German literature in the later Middle Ages and on early printing. Eva Schlotheuber, Ph.D. (1994) University of Gottingen, and Habilitation (2002) LMU Munich, is Assistant Professor at the Seminar fur mittelalterliche Geschichte in Munich. She has published on the education and culture in nunneries and the portrayal of people in late-medieval biographies and autobiographies. Volker Honemann, Ph.D. (1978) Wurzburg and Habilitation (1982) Berlin, has the Chair for Altere Deutsche Literatur unter Einbeziehung der Mediavistischen Komparatistik at the WWU Munster. His research interests include the literature of the late Middle Ages and literature of humanism, spiritual and didactic literature.
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