Women’s Networks of Spiritual Promotion in the Peninsular Kingdoms (13th-16th Centuries)

Ed. by Blanca Garí
Collana: IRCVM-Medieval Cultures, 2
Pubblicazione: Gennaio 2013
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The starting point for this research is the ascertainment of a major change in the spirituality paradigm of the last centuries of the European Middle Ages, which, since the 13th century, results in a new and final interpretation, focused on pauperistic, evangelical and apostolic ideals, of the religious phenomenon. This symbolic revolution, which completely changed parameters and involved both men and women, entailed an intense urbanisation and feminisation of spirituality. Within that general framework, the pages of this book attempt at investigating the penetration, evolution and changes of the new forms of female monastic and religious life in a delimited space and time: the kingdoms of the Iberian Peninsula during the period from the 13th to the 16th century, trying to establish the connection between those new spaces of female spirituality and the strategies, wishes and potentialities of the women who promoted their creation, strengthening or reform.

  • Blanca Garí, Introduction (p. 7-18)
  • María del Mar Graña Cid, Queens, Infantas and Court Ladies at the Origin of Castilian Mendicant Nuns (c. 1222-1316). Spiritual Sponsorship and Female Religious Movement (p. 19-42)
  • Concepción Rodríguez-Parada, Female Networks around the Order of Our Lady of Mercy in the 13th-century Barcelona: an Approach to the Bibliographic and Documentary Sources for the Study of Maria de Cervelló and the First Mercedarian Nuns (p. 43-76)
  • Maria Filomena Andrade, Foundresses and Patronesses of Portuguese Mendicant Nunneries in the 13th and 14th Centuries: Practices and Models (p. 77-88)
  • Jill R. Webster, The Importance of the Aristocrats and the Wealthy Bourgeoisie in the Foundation and Development of the Monasteries of the Order of Saint Clare: Valencia, Játiva and Gandía (p. 89-105)
  • Anna Castellano i Tresserra, Queen Elisenda de Montcada and the Monastery of Pedralbes. A Model for Female Spiritual Promotion in the 14th Century (p. 107-128)
  • Núria Jornet-Benito, Sança of Majorca, Queen of Naples: Monastic Foundation within a Project of Genealogical Awareness and Franciscan Spirituality (p. 129-146)
  • Delfi-Isabel Nieto-Isabel, «Qui spiritus ambo sunt unum». The Network of Beguin Spirituality in the Early 14th-century Languedoc (p. 147-166)
  • Araceli Rosillo-Luque, «Habeant ecclesiam Santorum Blasy et Latzari edifficatam iuxta dictum eorum monasterium Sancte Clare»: Evidences and Hypotheses on the Foundation of Santa Clara de Manresa (p. 167-183)
  • Núria Silleras-Fernández, Controlling Feminine Excess: Isabel the Catholic and Didactic Literature (p. 185-203)
  • Ana Maria S.A. Rodrigues, Spirituality and Religious Sponsorship in the 15th-century Portuguese Crown: Kings, Queens and Infantes (p. 205-220)
  • Cristina Sanjust i Latorre, Following the Steps of the Foundress. Teresa de Cardona and the Monastery of Santa Maria de Pedralbes (p. 221-237)
  • Laia de Ahumada, Teresa Rajadell and the Society of Jesus. A Forgotten Story of the Monastery of Santa Clara and Sant Antoni de Barcelona (16th Century) (p. 239-255)
  • Mercè Gras Casanovas, Female Patronage and the Foundation of Convents. The Convent of the Discalced Carmelites of the Immaculada Concepció de Barcelona (1588) (p. 257-272)
  • Bibliography (p. 273-291)
  • The authors (p. 293)
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