Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Two Women of the Great Schism: The Revelations of Constance De Rabastans/Life of the Blessed Ursulina of Parma

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Two Women of the Great Schism: The Revelations of Constance De Rabastans/Life of the Blessed Ursulina of Parma

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Blumenfeld-Kosinski, Renate, and Bruce L. Venarde (Eds. and trans.). Two Women of tfoe Great Scfoism: T foe Revelations of Constance de Rabastans, by Raymond de Sabanac, and Life of the Blessed Ursulina of Parma, by Simone Zanaccfoi. [The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe: The Toronto Series, 3] (Toronto: ITER, Inc., and Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, University of Toronto. 2010. Pp. xi, 131. $13. 00 paperback. ISBN 978-0-772-72057-3.)

This volume is a fascinating glimpse into the lives of two "ordinary" women who, against social norms, were able, through visionary authority, to intervene in the politics of the day. In addition to providing access to female experience, these texts give a vivid sense of the deep and pervasive influence of the Great Schism on the mental world of contemporary Christians - the topic of Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski' s Poets, Saints, and Visionaries of tfoe Great Scfoism, 1378-141 7 (University Park, PA, 2006).

The Revelations of Constance de Rabestans is an account by her confessor of the spiritual insights of a young woman from Toulouse who in the 1380s began receiving visions that led her to denounce the Avignon papacy. Although she became for some a type of oracle, for others she was a political nuisance; indeed, authorities in Toulouse had her jailed. …

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