nuns-a-monks-lnks – 8/25/04
A set of web links to information on medieval holy orders by Dame Aoife Finn of Ynos Mon. Nuns. Monks.
This file is a collection of various messages having a common theme that I have collected from my reading of the various computer networks. Some messages date back to 1989, some may be as recent as yesterday.
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Mark S. Harris AKA: THLord Stefan li Rous
Stefan at florilegium.org
From: liontamr at ptd.net
Subject: Links: Get Thee to a Nunnery
Date: April 21, 2004 3:36:04 PM CDT
To: StefanliRous at austin.rr.com
Yes, I am aware that Shakespeare was talking about Bawdy Houses when he
penned the lines in Romeo and Juliet wherein Juliet's father orders her to a
nunnery. However, this Links List is about holy orders and the places they
inhabited in Medieval Europe (my kids read these Links Lists, after all :).
Please share this list wherever it will find a ready audience, and use these
links to update your webpages. Summer is coming, and I'd like to solicit
volunteer Linkers to help create these weekly lists. No fancy degrees or
special techie knowledge needed---just a love of learning and a hankering to
find out more about your favorite subjects. Please email me if you are
Dame Aoife Finn of Ynos Mon
Medieval Art Bibliography - Nuns
The Electronic Canterbury Tales
(in middle or modern English)
Monasteries in Medieval England
Daily life on a medieval monastery in England and Wales
(Site Excerpt) Early monasteries originated in Egypt as places where
wandering hermits gathered. These early "monks" lived alone, but met in a
common chapel. By the fifth century the monastic movement had spread to
Ireland, where St. Patrick, the son of a Roman official, set out to convert
the Irish to Christianity.
Medieval Source Book: Saint's Lives
Book: Jeffrey F. Hamburger
Nuns as Artists
The Visual Culture of a Medieval Convent
University of California Press May 1977 ISBN 0-520-20386-0
Sisters Between Gender and the Medieval Beguines by Abby Stoner
(Site Excerpt) The Beguines of northern Europe have been called the first
women's movement in Christian history. This group of religiously
dedicated laywomen, who took no permanent vows, followed no prescribed rule,
supported themselves by manual labor, interacted with the "world," and
remained celibate, flourished in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries--a
time when the Church had defined two legitimate roles for pious women:
cloistered nun and keeper at home. With their freedom of movement, economic
independence and spiritual creativity, the Beguines carved out an unusually
expansive--and controversial--niche for female religious expression.
Yamagata Univetrsity: "The Creation of a Leading Medieval Order of Nuns:
The Case of the Ritsu Sect"
A Treatise on historical Budhist Nuns
WOMAN UNDER MONASTICISM
(Site Excerpt) IN the course of the 6th and 7th centuries a number of men
left England and settled abroad among the heathen Germans, partly from a
wish to gain new converts to the faith, partly because a change of affairs
at home made them long for a different field of labour. Through the influx
of the heathen Anglo-Saxons, the British Christians had been deprived of
their influence, and when Christianity was restored it was under the
auspices of princes who were favourably inclined towards Rome. Men who
objected to the Roman sway sought independence among the heathens abroad in
preference to dependence on strangers at home, and it is owing to their
efforts that Christianity was introduced into the valleys leading up from
the Rhine, into the lake districts of Bavaria, and into Switzerland.
Medieval Society: The Three Orders
(Site Excerpt) By the 11th and 12th centuries, the vast majority of European
men and women were peasants who were the land of their lords. We know very
little about these people for the simple fact that the nobility and clergy
did not keep written records about them. When the peasantry of Europe was
mentioned, it was usually in relation to the obligations they owed their
The Medieval church in England
(Site Excerpt) Apart from the manor, the church was the main focus of
community life. Church parishes were usually the manor villages. The parish
priest was appointed by the lord of the manor and was given a house. He was
obliged to carry money for alms with him, keep up the church, and provide
hospitality to travellers.
ABBEY: ST. TROPHIME (Arles France)
A graphics intense image page
Life in a Medieval Monastery
A Guide to Resources in Mount Angel Abbey Library
(Site Excerpt) During the fifth and sixth centuries, monasteries were
founded in Italy, Gaul, Spain, and Ireland. In Gaul, and later, England,
double monasteries were common. These were establishments of monks and nuns
who lived in separate quarters under the direction of an abbess. During this
early stage of monastic development, there was no generally accepted rule
that governed monastic life. In the West there were translations of various
Eastern codes, such as the Rules of Pachomius and Basil. Another influential
rule was St. Augustine's famous letter on the management of convents of
nuns. However, there was nothing that could be called a working code for the
management of a monastery. This changed in the eighth century with the
widespread adoption of the Rule of St. Benedict.
Netserf Medieval Architecture: Abbeys and Monasteries
A List of Links on the subject
Newspaper Archive Online
More than 25,000 articles on Monasteries