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Articles from Vol. 21, No. 2, Winter

Building the Chariot of Aminadab: The Institutional Development of the Gilbertine Order in Twelfth Century England and the Influence of Gender
The twelfth century saw a renewed interest in monastic life and the expansion of religious vocations. However, new models which emerged were principally intended to meet the aspirations of men, not women, whose options may have been limited to strict...
Christianity and Culture in the Middle Ages: Essays to Honor John Van Engen
Christianity and Culture in the Middle Ages: Essays to Honor John Van Engen, edited by David C. Mengel & Lisa Wolverton. South Bend, University of Notre Dame Press, 2015. 552 pp., $68, ISBN 978-0-268-03533-4.I would expect a majority of readers of...
Exposing a Transcorporeal Landscape in the Lives of St. Margaret of Antioch
Listen, all who have ears and hearing: widows with the wedded, and maidens especially.1The first line of the Middle English Katherine Group's "Seinte Margarete" makes this request to medieval female devotees of the cult of St. Margaret of Antioch. The...
Labels and Libels: Naming Beguines in Northern Medieval Europe
Labels and Libels: Naming Beguines in Northern Medieval Europe, ed. Letha Böhringer, Jennifer Kolpacoff Deane, and Hildo van Engen. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2014. 235 pp., $104, ISBN 978-2-503-55135-7.This is an excellent study of, literally, the...
Margherita Colonna: A Portrait
translated by Larry F. FieldWestern New England UniversitySpringfield, MassachusettsTranslator's note: This essay by Giulia Barone was first published (in German) as "Margherita Colonna," in Mein Herz schmiltzt wie Eis am Feuer: Die religiöse Frauenbewegung...
Mulieres Religiosae: Shaping Female Spiritual Authority in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods
Mulieres Religiosae: Shaping Female Spiritual Authority in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods, ed. Veerle Fraeters and Imke de Gier. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2014. 311 pp., $118, ISBN 978-2-503-54912-5.What constitutes women's spiritual authority?...
Nuns' Literacies in Medieval Europe: The Kansas City Dialogue
Nuns' Literacies in Medieval Europe: The Kansas City Dialogue, ed. Virginia Blanton, Veronica O'Mara and Patricia Stoop. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2015. 413 pp., $130, ISBN 978-2-503-54922-4.This is the second in a three volume series based on international...
Sacrifice and Delight in the Mystical Theologies of Anna Maria Van Schurman and Madame Jeanne Guyon
Sacrifice and Delight in the Mystical Theologies of Anna Maria van Schurman and Madame Jeanne Guyon, by Bo Karen Lee. South Bend: University of Notre Dame Press, 2015. 264 pp., $29, ISBN 978-0-268-03391-0.Those of us of a "certain" feminist bent, especially...
St. Francis De Sales and the Maternal Love of God
The Catechism of the Catholic Church instructs the faithful, "God's parental tenderness can also be expressed by the image of motherhood, which emphasizes God's immanence, the intimacy between Creator and creature. The language of faith thus draws on...
Women in the Church? a Historical Survey
The possibility of ordaining women in the Catholic Church is an issue which many experts, including the Canadian Conference of Bishops, proclaim is "a sign of the times."1 Many scholars agree that the practice of banning women from sacramental orders...
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