By Elizabeth Makowski

ISBN-10: 0813213924

ISBN-13: 9780813213927

WINNER OF THE 2007 heritage of ladies non secular exceptional publication AWARD

Whether they have been secular canonesses or beguines, tertiaries or Sisters of the typical lifestyles, quasi-religious girls within the later center a while lived their lives opposed to a backdrop of fight and lack of confidence ensuing, in huge degree, from their ambivalent felony prestige. simply because they lacked a number of of the canonical earmarks of spiritual ladies strictly talking, they'd to justify their unauthorized lifestyle and to shield themselves opposed to organization with those that were branded unorthodox, unruly, or maybe heretical. Ambiguous felony prestige in the equipped Church and the contests to which it gave upward thrust are a relentless subject matter within the historiography of quasi-religious ladies, but there was no full-scale learn of what it intended at legislation to be a mulier religiosa.

This publication offers an intensive 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 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 explain the occasionally ambivalent canons in terms of their lives in the neighborhood. It assesses, between different issues, the level to which attorneys proved conscious of renowned 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 kind of Woman" should be an invaluable complement to books dedicated to person quasi-religious girls or to express manifestations of woman lay piety. it will likely be of curiosity to historians of Christianity and experts within the legislations and women's experiences in addition to an individual drawn to the background of spiritual women.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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

PRAISE FOR THE BOOK:

"This booklet might be useful make clear the context during which ladies constructed their kinds of spiritual lifestyles and be of use to historians and those that learn specific girls or groups that have been attempting to continue to exist in [the later heart Ages]."―Magistra

"This publication is a necessary follow-up to the author's first-class monograph Canon legislation and Cloistered Women. . . . there's no doubt that A Pernicious type of Woman is a chief e-book. Makowski's tale of the formula, reception, and use of the Clementine decrees on quasi-religious girls is a version of ways the ignored, 'elephantine literature' of Fourteenth- and Fifteenth-century canon legislations should be tamed and positioned to stable use. Makowski geared toward a large scholarly viewers and her publication hits the mark: a reader blind to canon legislation might take without any consideration the lucid summaries of texts that may be particularly intractable. these specialist in ecclesiastical legislations will get pleasure from this fulfillment all of the extra, yet also needs to be glad about the best way Makowski easily built-in such technical fabric with one of many scorching subject matters of medieval historiography this day: past due medieval women's religiosity."―Patrick Nold, Ecclesiastical legislation Journal

"Elizabeth Makowski brilliantly is smart of the incongruities among canon law's expanding 'crack-down' on non secular ladies of all kinds and the reality of accelerating numbers of past due medieval quasi-religious girls. In so doing she has written a vital ebook for all these embarking at the examine of medieval non secular girls, at the background of canon legislations, and at the historical past of these overdue medieval cities and areas that started to persecute beguines and different spiritual girls. the significance of this research is threefold: it constitutes a useful creation to the paintings

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Bonifacius Ammannati (Pseudo Bonifacio de Vitalinis), Lectura Clementinarum, Toledo: Biblioteca del Cabildo, Codex 23-1. Nicolaus de Tudeschis (Panormitanus), Lectura in Clementinas (Venice, 1490). The work of Bonifacius will be dealt with at length in Chapter 2. See Chapter 4 for details on the life and work of Panormitanus. 47. Bonifacius Ammannati, Lectura Clementinarum, fol. xxxv. Note that Panormitanus also wrote a gloss on Dilecta that was somewhat less sour than that of Johannes Andreae: Niccolo de Tudeschi, Prima-ultima pars Abb.

Women’s religious communities in late medieval Italy,” Christendom and Its Discontents, ed. Scott Waugh and Peter Diehl (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996), pp. 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.

Looking at the ways in which fourteenth- and fifteenth-century canonists interpreted and implemented the canon law regarding quasi-religious women will improve our understanding of the mechanisms which sustained this discrepancy. women’s religious communities in late medieval Italy,” Christendom and Its Discontents, ed. Scott Waugh and Peter Diehl (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996), pp. 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.

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