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By Elizabeth Makowski

ISBN-10: 0813213924

ISBN-13: 9780813213927

WINNER OF THE 2007 background of girls non secular extraordinary ebook AWARD

Whether they have been secular canonesses or beguines, tertiaries or Sisters of the typical lifestyles, quasi-religious girls within the later heart a while lived their lives opposed to a backdrop of fight and lack of confidence ensuing, in huge degree, from their ambivalent felony prestige. simply because they lacked a number of of the canonical earmarks of spiritual girls strictly conversing, they'd to justify their unauthorized lifestyle and to protect themselves opposed to organization with those that have been branded unorthodox, unruly, or maybe heretical. Ambiguous felony prestige in the geared up Church and the contests to which it gave upward thrust are a relentless topic within the historiography of quasi-religious girls, but there was no full-scale research of what it intended at legislations to be a mulier religiosa.

This booklet offers an intensive exam of the writings of canon legal professionals within the past due heart a long time as they arrive to phrases, either of their educational paintings and in addition of their roles as judges and advisers, with ladies who weren't, strictly talking, spiritual, yet who have been popularly regarded as such. It reviews the ways that jurists strove to categorize those ladies and to elucidate the occasionally ambivalent canons when it comes to their lives locally. It assesses, between different issues, the level to which legal professionals proved attentive to well known in addition to discovered notions of what constituted spiritual lifestyles for girls whilst the pursuits of specific consumers have been at stake.

"A Pernicious kind of Woman" might be an invaluable complement to books dedicated to person quasi-religious ladies or to express manifestations of woman lay piety. it will likely be of curiosity to historians of Christianity and experts within the legislation and women's reviews in addition to a person attracted to the background of spiritual women.


Elizabeth Makowski is affiliate Professor of heritage at Texas country college. She is the writer of Canon legislation and Cloistered Women and coauthor of Wykked Wyves and the Woes of Marriage.


"This booklet can help you make clear the context during which girls built their types of non secular lifestyles and be of use to historians and those that learn specific ladies or groups that have been attempting to live on in [the later center Ages]."―Magistra

"This e-book is a worthwhile follow-up to the author's very good monograph Canon legislations and Cloistered Women. . . . there's no doubt that A Pernicious kind of Woman is a main publication. Makowski's tale of the formula, reception, and use of the Clementine decrees on quasi-religious girls is a version of ways the overlooked, 'elephantine literature' of Fourteenth- and Fifteenth-century canon legislations will be tamed and placed to sturdy use. Makowski geared toward a large scholarly viewers and her e-book hits the mark: a reader unaware of canon legislation may well take with no consideration the lucid summaries of texts that may be particularly intractable. these professional in ecclesiastical legislations will have fun with this success all of the extra, yet also needs to be thankful for the best way Makowski easily built-in such technical fabric with one of many sizzling issues of medieval historiography this present day: past due medieval women's religiosity."―Patrick Nold, Ecclesiastical legislations Journal

"Elizabeth Makowski brilliantly is sensible of the incongruities among canon law's expanding 'crack-down' on non secular ladies of every type and the reality of accelerating numbers of past due medieval quasi-religious girls. In so doing she has written a necessary publication for all these embarking at the examine of medieval spiritual girls, at the historical past of canon legislations, and at the background of these overdue medieval cities and areas that started to persecute beguines and different non secular ladies. the significance of this learn is threefold: it constitutes a priceless creation to the paintings

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He numbered influential canonists like Johannes Calderinus and Paulus de Liazariis among his students, and no less a luminary than Petrarch among his friends. When he was not teaching, practicing law, or engaged in diplomatic service to the city fathers of Bologna and to Pope John XXII, Johannes wrote prolifically. The esteem designation meant to parallel the name given to the body of Roman law learned by civilians. Modern citation forms direct the reader to one of the three major divisions of the Decretum.

The rule of law cited is regula XIV: Is, qui tacet, non fatetur; sed nec utique negare videtur. 20 Academic Commentary ensure the durability of this point of view. And although other canonists who commented on Attendentes after the publication of the glossa ordinaria were less expansive than Cardinal Zabarella, they seldom failed to reproduce the by-now standard opinion about secular canonesses. 39 Having achieved prominence as a judge in the papal court known as the Rota, Stephanus served as chancellor to the papal legate to Lombardy from 1320 to 1330.

12 Guilelmus, a Cluniac monk who received his doctorate in canon law from the University of Paris, taught at the University of Toulouse, and completed his commentary only two years after the formal promulgation of the Clementines. l. ”14 Guilelmus’ reference comes directly from a statement attributed to Saint John Chrysostom and included in the standard medieval textbook of canon law, Gratian’s Decretum (C. 15 Chrysos12. Stephan Kuttner, “The Apostillae of Johannes Andreae on the Clementines,” Etudes D’Histoire Du Droit Canonique (Paris: Sirey, 1965), pp.

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