Listen, Daughter: The Speculum Virginum and the Formation of Religious Women in the Middle Ages (The New Middle Ages)
The words “Listen daughter” (Audi filia, from Psalm 44) were frequently used in exhortations to religious women in the 12th century, a period of dramatic growth in the involvement of women in various forms of religious life. This volume looks at the “Mirror for Virgins” (Speculum Virginum ), an illustrated dialogue between a nun and her spiritual mentor written by a monk n...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published November 10th 2001 by Palgrave Macmillan
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Jan 23, 2011 Siria rated it 4 of 5 stars
The Speculum Virginum, or Mirror of Virgins, is a 12th century devotional text which has recently become the subject of renewed scholarly interest. It consists of a dialogue between a monk, Peregrinus, and a nun, Theodora, in which the two characters debate the nature of religious life, and the true meaning and worth of virginity. This collection of essays looks at a variety of issues related to the Speculum—the vexed issue of its authorship; its genre and purpose; the (gendered?) views it expre...more