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- DescriptionSherri Franks Johnson explores the roles of religious women in the changing ecclesiastical and civic structure of late medieval Bologna, demonstrating how convents negotiated a place in their urban context and in the church at large. During this period Bologna was the most important city in the Papal States after Rome. Using archival records from nunneries in the city, Johnson argues that communities of religious women varied in the extent to which they sought official recognition from the male authorities of religious orders. While some nunneries felt that it was important to their religious life to gain recognition from monks and friars, others were content to remain local and automous. In a period often described as an era of decline and the marginalization of religious women, Johnson shows instead that they saw themselves as active participants in their religious orders, in the wider church and in their local communities.
- Author BiographySherri Franks Johnson is Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Riverside. Her research interests include the history of women's monasticism in the late Middle Ages and the veneration of Marian images in early modern Italy.
- Author(s)Sherri Franks Johnson
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication10/04/2014
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note4 maps 11 tables
- Weight520 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine20 mm
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