Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Das 'Konventsbuch' Und das 'Schwesternbuch' Aus St. Katharina in St. Gallen. Kritische Edition Und Kommentar

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Das 'Konventsbuch' Und das 'Schwesternbuch' Aus St. Katharina in St. Gallen. Kritische Edition Und Kommentar

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Das Konventsbuch und das "Schwesternbuch" aus St. Katharina in St. Gallen. Kritische Edition und Kommentar, ed. Antje Willing, with introductory studies by Stefanie Seeberg, Claudia Sutter, and Antje Willing, Texte des späten Mittelalters und der frühen Neuzeit 54 (Berlin: Erich Schmidt, 2016). 737 pp. ISBN 978-3-503-16727-2. €94,80. Antje Willing's edition of these two rather unusual texts from the Dominican nunnery of St. Katharina in St Gall, eastern Switzerland, where the Observant reform was introduced in 1482, opens up a host of new perspectives on the religious life of nuns in the south of the German lands at the end of the Middle Ages. The Konventsbuch contains a set of German-language annals of the monastery together with the annual accounts for 1476-1528. The Schwesternbuch offers German privileges and a brief chronicle for 1476-1501, but it is the latter part of the text which will be of particular interest for cultural history and literary scholarship. It gives the text of a series of letters on the religious life written by the prioress of St. Katharina in Nuremberg, the hub of the Observant reform, to her opposite number at St Gall, followed by a collection of extracts, some 170 pages in the edition, recording the religious practices of the Nuremberg convent, which were evidently intended to provide a model for the sisters of the newly reformed house in Switzerland. …

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