The Wisdom Of The Beguines

Author: Laura Swan
ISBN: 162919008X
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The beguines began to form in various parts of Europe over eight hundred years ago. Beguines were laywomen, not nuns, and they did not live in monasteries. They practiced a remarkable way of living independently, and they were never a religious order or a formalized movement. But there were common elements that these medieval women shared across Europe, including their visionary spirituality, their unusual business acumen, and their courageous commitment to the poor and sick. Beguines were essentially self-defined, in opposition to the many attempts to control and define them. They lived by themselves or in communities called beguinages, which could be single homes for just a few women or, as in Brugge, Brussels, and Amsterdam, walled-in rows of houses where hundreds of beguines lived together--a village of women within a medieval town or city. Among the beguines were celebrated spiritual writers and mystics, including Mechthild of Magdeburg, Beatrijs of Nazareth, Hadewijch, and Marguerite Porete--who was condemned as a heretic and burned at the stake in Paris in 1310. She was not the only beguine suspected of heresy, and often politics were the driving force behind such charges. The beguines, across the centuries, have left us a great legacy. They invite us to listen to their voices, to seek out their wisdom, to discover them anew.

Women S Prophetic Writings In Seventeenth Century Britain

Author: Carme Font
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317231387
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This study examines women’s prophetic writings in seventeenth-century Britain as the literary outcome of a discourse of social transformation that integrates religious conscience, political participation, and gender identity. The following pages approach prophecy as a culture, a language, and a catalyst for collective change as the individual prophet conceptualized it. While the corpus of prophetic writing continues to grow as the result of archival research, this monograph complements our particular knowledge of women’s prophecy in the seventeenth century with a global assessment of what makes speech prophetic in the first place, and what are the differences and similarities between texts that fall into the prophetic mode. These disparities and commonalities stand out in the radical language of prophecy as well as in the way it creates an authorial centre. Examining how authorship is represented in several configurations of prophetic delivery, such as essays on prophecy, poetic prophecy, spiritual autobiography, and election narratives, the different chapters consider why prophecy peaked in the years of the civil wars and how it evolved towards the eighteenth century. The analyses extrapolate the peculiarities of each case study as being representative of a form of textually-based activism that enabled women to gain a deeper understanding of themselves as creators of independent meaning that empowered them as individuals, citizens, and believers.

Women And The Magna Carta

Author: Jocelynne Scutt
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137562357
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On the eight-hundredth anniversary of the Magna Carta, Women and the Magna Carta investigates what the charter meant for women's rights and freedoms from an historical and legal perspective.

Rick Steves Belgium Bruges Brussels Antwerp Ghent

Author: Rick Steves
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9781631216107
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You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in Belgium. With this guide, you'll ride bikes over cobblestone streets and embark on cruises through charming canals. Stop and smell the tulips as you hike past whirring windmills. Visit the ultramodern European Parliament. Explore beyond the cosmopolitan bustle of Brussels with trips to Ghent and Antwerp. When it's time for a break, sample fine chocolates or sip local beers—each served in its own distinctive glass. Rick's candid, humorous advice will guide you to good-value hotels and restaurants. He'll help you plan where to go and what to see, depending on the length of your trip. You'll get up-to-date recommendations about what is worth your time and money. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in your pocket.

Louise Humann 17661836

Author: Margaret R. O’Leary
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 9781491797594
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Upon Mademoiselle Louise Humann’s death in 1836, a distraught Abbé Théodore Ratisbonne said of his spiritual mother, “Here lays this sweet, strong Christian who, from the depths of her quiet, secluded home, has exercised more influence on the world of her time than will ever be known!” Yet in an era when women had few opportunities to excel or contribute to society outside the home, how did this brilliant and pious French mystic help re-Christianize France following the upheaval of the French Revolution? In Louise Humann (1766–1836)—Re-Christianizing Post-Revolutionary France, author Margaret R. O’Leary provides a thorough and comprehensive English-language exploration of the history and life of a woman whose extraordinary intellectual prowess, range of thought, and curiosity helped assist a risky underground pastoral ministry during the French Revolution and rebuild the decimated Roman Catholic diocese of Mayence, France. From her early years as a youth receiving the daily light of God to the later development of her radical Christian philosophy—a philosophy that so confounded Pope Gregory XVI that he said she and her disciples had “sinned by an excess of faith”—the history of Louise Humann comes alive in detailed historical records, letters, and biographies. Though an anachronism for her time—a woman with “the mind of a man and the capabilities of a scholar,” said one professor who knew her as a youth—the power of Louise Humann’s apostolate is central for understanding the direction and development of the Roman Catholic Church and the Congrégation de Notre Dame de Sion in the nineteenth century.

At Play In Creation

Author: Christopher Pramuk
Publisher: Liturgical Press
ISBN: 9780814648414
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In this series of deeply meditative retreat conferences, Christopher Pramuk leads the reader through a sustained meditation on Wisdom-Sophia, the feminine face of God’s presence alive in the world, who speaks and sings in the writings of Thomas Merton. With the sensitivity of a poet and the intellectual acuity of a seasoned teacher and Catholic theologian, Pramuk invites readers to taste and see for themselves the hidden presence of Christ and the dynamism of Love at play in creation; the biblical and mystical tradition from East to West calls this presence Sophia. Looking beyond Merton to seek out her presence in the silent and broken landscapes of our world today, Pramuk shows Sophia above all to be the bearer of hope in an age of unspeakable violence and planetary destruction. Includes illustrations and photos.

Tristram Shandy

Author: Laurence Sterne
Publisher: Jazzybee Verlag
ISBN: 9783849686710
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"Tristram Shandy" ist zwischen 1759 und 1767 erschienen und ein Werk des Engländers Laurence Sterne. Der Ich-Erzähler Tristram Shandy erzählt dabei die Geschichte seines Lebens, allerdings nicht in der damals üblichen Form, sondern nicht stringent und ohne chronologische Anordnung.