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IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 1008: Hostile Environments?: Beguines and Sisters in their Urban Context, I

Wednesday 12 July 2006, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Letha Böhringer, Stadtarchiv Köln
Moderator/Chair:Letha Böhringer, Stadtarchiv Köln
Paper 1008-aInciting the Devout or Confuting the Rebellious?: Addressees and Intention of Marie d’Oignie's Vita by Jacques de Vitry
(Language: English)
Vera Baronin von der Osten-Sacken, Fachbereich Theologie, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Index terms: Lay Piety, Religious Life
Paper 1008-bRegulating Martha: German Beguine Statutes and the Vita Activa
(Language: English)
Jennifer Kolpacoff Deane, Division of Social Science, University of Minnesota, Morris
Index terms: Gender Studies, Lay Piety, Religious Life
Paper 1008-cBeguines in Thuringia and their Position in Society
(Language: English)
Jörg Voigt, Historisches Institut, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena /
Index terms: Gender Studies, Lay Piety, Religious Life

The existence of sisters or 'women called beguines', who neither lived with their families nor took vows in an established order, caused some unrest in late medieval towns all over Europe. Especially in the 14th century, when there were thousands of such women living on their own, in small groups, convents or large beguinages, their fellow citizens were divided in their opinion on whether to welcome or to distrust them. Hostile emotions led to their persecution and eviction in cities such as Basel and Strasbourg, but there were also many gestures of acceptance and integration into urban society. Two sessions will give occasion to focus on both aspects, as can be detected in different cities and regions – Belgium, Strasbourg, Thuringia, and Paris. These sessions bring together, for the first time, American and German students and scholars who work on various aspects of independent religious lifestyles.