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Visions and Longings: Medieval Women Mystics

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The women mystics of medieval Europe represent the very first feminine voices heard in a world where women were nearly silent. As such, they are striking and unusual, strange, powerful and urgent. Monica Furlong uses key selections from among these women's own writings and writings about them by their contemporaries, along with her own assessment of them, to open up their ...more
Paperback, 260 pages
Published April 15th 1997 by Shambhala (first published 1996)
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Furlong present these women as the strange extremists they were. However, despite her good scholarship and writing, I have a hard time connecting with the women mystics she presents.
Spring Holbrook
I borrowed this from my library on a whim. I'd read some of Monica's fiction books and thought the subject matter sounded interesting.

On the whole though this book is pretty dry, which I was expecting. The summaries of the women mystics' lives was more interesting to me than their writing. I'm willing to admit that I'm not Christian or spiritual though, and I think that has a lot to do with my boredom with this volume. Also, I don't have a medieval mindset, so that's a sort of barrier to entry.

i enjoyed it, but it didn't say much that was new to me. HILDEGARD/RICHARDIS 5EVER
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Obituary from The Guardian, Friday January 17 2003
by Michael De-la-Noy

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