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Superior Women: Medieval Female Authority in Poitiers' Abbey of Sainte-Croix

Jennifer C. Edwards

Abstract

Superior Women examines female monastic authority at the abbey of Sainte-Croix in Poitiers from its foundation by Saint-Radegund in the sixth century through its sixteenth-century reform. Along with the abbey, Radegund established two strategies for her nuns to defend authority they claimed over their community, dependents, properties, tenants, and vassals. First, she secured a network of supporters, allies with extensive authority, to document the abbey’s privileges and defend Sainte-Croix. Their documents became a rich archive useful for recruiting new allies. Over time this network included ... More

Keywords: Radegund, Poitiers, female authority, abbey of Sainte-Croix, church of Sainte-Radegonde, medieval religion, women and gender, nuns, disputes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198837923
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198837923.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer C. Edwards, author
Associate Professor and Chair of History, Manhattan College