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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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Jul 10, 2008 rated it liked it
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.
Nov 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Good overview of various female Medieval mystics and portions of their writings. I especially enjoyed Julian of Norwich’s short text of Showings included in its entirety and the balance and wisdom of Claire of Assisi’s rule for her community which belies our view of medieval religious orders being harsh and rigid.
Octavia Cade
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This is essentially an anthology, with an introductory essay and potted biographies of the various mystics before their own writings are introduced. As with all anthologies and collections, some of the writings were more interesting than others. I found the stand-out here to be the poetry of Hildegard of Bingen, but some of the others were pretty repetitive and, dare I say, even a little dull.

I did enjoy the introduction and mini-biographies of these women - frankly they were more readable, and
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.

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This book completely captured my imagination.
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A slight book - a kind of 101 to select female medieval mystics.
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Obituary from The Guardian, Friday January 17 2003
by Michael De-la-Noy

Monica Furlong, who has died of cancer aged 72, would have achieved distinction through her writings alone. But she was always on the lookout for good causes to espouse, and once she had thrown in her lot with the Movement for the Ordination of Women, and with the aims of secular feminism in general, she became to many women - a
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