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Listen, Daughter: The Speculum Virginum and the Formation of Religious Women in the Middle Ages (The New Middle Ages)

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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
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published November 10th 2001 by Palgrave Macmillan
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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
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