The influence of conflicting medieval church and social discourses on individual consciousness : dissociation in the visions of Hadewijch of Brabant

Beguine - Des dodes dantz, printed in Lübeck in 1489.

This article examines the influence of the conflicting dis- courses in the medieval church and its social context on the subconscious experiences of Hadewijch of Brabant, a 13th century Flemish visionary, mystical author, vernacular theologian and Beguine leader

Women, Heresy, and Crusade: Toward a Context for Jacques de Vitry’s Relationship to the Early Beguines


Grundmann‘s search for a founding figure is understandable in light of the problematic nature of Beguine institutional history. Beguine historiography has long struggled with the anomalous lack of clear foundation documents and accounts.

Herb-workers and Heretics: Beguines, Bakhtin and the Basques


During the Middle Ages and early Renaissance, the word beguine was used by women to identify themselves as members of a wide-spread and influential women’s movement. The same term was used by their detractors and overt opponents, with the highly charged negative meaning of “heretic.” The etymology of the term “beguine” and ultimate origins of the movement have never been satisfactorily explained.

Sisters Between: Gender and the Medieval Beguines


The origins of the Beguines can be traced to two important medieval religious reform movements: monastic mysticism and the vita apostolica, or “apostolic life.”

The vita of Douceline de Digne (1214-1274): Beguine spirituality and orthodoxy in thirteenth century Marseilles

Life of saint douceline

Amongst these is Douceline de Digne (1214-1274) whose life as a mystic and a beguine provides evidence for a new perspective on the influence and participation of women in the spirituality of the mid-thirteenth century.

Minnesota professor receives funding to research medieval religious women in Germany

Jennifer Deane - image courtesy University of Minnesota

For years, Deane has been passionate about studying the lay religious women of medieval Europe often known as ‘beguines’, whose hundreds of independent communities were mainly centered in the Low Countries, the Rhine region, France, and German-speaking lands.

Retroactive Heresy: The influence of early Christian heresies on the identification and reaction to heretical sects

Medieval Heretics being burned

The medieval Church viewed itself as Defender of the Faith, the destroyer of the unbelievers, the wrong believers. These heretics were to be reviled and feared as perverters of God’s word. The perverters of orthodoxy were, ultimately, not to be distinguished from one another, but rather known by catchphrases.

Blood and body : women’s religious practices in late medieval Europe

Gertrude the Great

Blood and body : women’s religious practices in late medieval Europe Tudesko, Jenny L. Thesis: M.A., History, California State University, Sacramento (2009) Abstract Religious women in thirteenth and fourteenth-century Western Europe developed forms of pious practice that were unique in their extreme devotions to the blood and body of Christ and unique in their use […]

KALAMAZOO 2011: Session 185 – Friday, May 13:The Papacy and Thirteenth-Century Women

The Papacy and Thirteenth-Century Women Sponsor:Franciscan Institute, St. Bonaventure University and Women in the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition (WIFIT) Organizer: Maria Pia Alberzoni, University Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Presider: Jean François Godet-Calogeras, Franciscan Institute (St. Bonaventure University) “The Misfortune of Being Female”: the Religious Experience of Women in the Marches during the Pontificate of Gregory IX Bartolacci, Francesca […]

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