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Fictive Orders and Feminine Religious Identities, 1200-1600

Alison More


Any visitor to Belgium or the Netherlands is immediately struck by the number of convents and beguinages (begijnhoven) in both major cities and small towns. Their number and location in urban centres suggest that the women who inhabited them once held a prominent role. Despite leaving a visible mark on cities, much of the story of these women—known variously as beguines, tertiaries, klopjes, recluses, and anchoresses—remains to be told. Instead of aspiring to live as traditional religious, they transcended normative assumptions about religion and gender and had a very real impact on their reli ... More

Keywords: women’s history, identity, pious fiction, beguine, tertiary, third order, penitent, Franciscan, Dominican, Augustinian

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198807698
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198807698.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alison More, author
Assistant Professor of Medieval Studies, University of St Michael's College, University of Toronto