Veiled Women: Volume II: Female Religious Communities in England, 871–1066

1st Edition

Sarah Foot

Published June 21, 2000
Reference - 288 Pages
ISBN 9780754600442 - CAT# Y284007
Series: Studies in Early Medieval Britain and Ireland

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There is no published account of the history of religious women in England before the Norman Conquest. Yet, female saints and abbesses, such as Hild of Whitby or Edith of Wilton, are among the most celebrated women recorded in Anglo-Saxon sources and their stories are of popular interest. This book offers the first general and critical assessment of female religious communities in early medieval England. It transforms our understanding of the different modes of religious vocation and institutional provision and thereby gives early medieval women’s history a new foundation.

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