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Abbot as Guardian or Cultivator of Virtue: Gender and the cura monialium

Hotchin, Julie (2002) Abbot as Guardian or Cultivator of Virtue: Gender and the cura monialium. In: Our Medieval Heritage: Essays in Honour of John Tillotson for his 60th Birthday. Merton Priory Press, Cardiff, pp. 50-64. ISBN 1898937559

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Abstract

Histories of the cura monialium, or the pastoral care of nuns, have tended to be written within the context of the history of the different monastic orders, and consequently from a predominantly male perspective. The obligation for abbots and their monks to provide spiritual services to religious women has been presented as an onerous responsibility that distracted them from their primary contemplative role. The female perspective on this relationship is less readily discerned. The correspondence from the Benedictine abbey of Reinhardsbrunn contains letters that offer an opportunity to explore the different concerns of both men and women as participants in the cura monialium.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords: pastoral care, gender, monasticism, female religious life, spirituality
Fields of Research: 16 Studies in Human Society > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169901 Gender Specific Studies
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: C - Church History
D - Spirituality and Spiritual Direction
College/Association with University of Divinity: YTU: Yarra Theological Union
Depositing User: Mr Mark Carey
Date Deposited: 18 May 2017 00:39
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2017 04:04
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2769

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