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A selection of documents, translated primarily from medieval Latin but occasionally from Old French, that shows how religious women and their patrons managed resources to make monastic communities - particularly a variety of Cistercian communities - work. The records help us reconstruct how nuns and abbesses of Cistercian communities in the thirteenth century organized and kept records, managed their properties, responded to attempts at usurpation, and balanced their lives between devotional practices, which were part of their cloistered world, and family and social responsibilities beyond the convent walls.
Medieval Institute Publications
History of Gender | Medieval History | Social History
Citation for Published Book
Berman, Constance H. Women and Monasticism in Medieval Europe: Sisters and Patrons of the Cistercian Reform. Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute Publications, 2002.