An important and rich case study in telling detail the beguines of medieval paris sheds light on the broader contours of this religious movement walter simons dartmouth collegein the thirteenth century paris was the largest city in western europe the royal capital of france and the seat of one of europes most important universities. The beguines of medieval paris gender patronage and spiritual authority the beguines of medieval parisexamines these religious communities and their direct participation in the citys commercial intellectual and religious lifedrawing on an array of sources including sermons religious literature tax rolls and royal account books . The use of multiple disciplinary perspectives and sources make this book an important contribution to the history of medieval beguines it is persuasive in its argument for the importance of beguines to 13th and 14th century paris and of paris to beguine culture more broadly. Building on recent work on the beguines and late medieval womens reli gious life tanya stabler millers book the beguines of medieval paris gender patronage and spiritual authority makes an important and original contribution to the scholarship by firmly situating the parisian beguines in their social and religious context. The beguines and beghards in medieval culture with special emphasis on the belgian scene new york octagon books 1969 1954 edition online at hathitrust miller tanya stabler the beguines of medieval paris gender patronage and spiritual authority philadelphia university of pennsylvania press 2014
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