The Lost Women of Prémontré: Finding and Following the Footsteps of Medieval Women
Lecture by Yvonne Seale
Given at St. Norbert College on October 8, 2019
Abstract: In the mid-12th century, the chronicler Herman of Tournai wrote that there were more than 10,000 Premonstratensian sisters spread across northern France. By the late 13th century, Konrad, abbot of Marchtal, would write that the Premonstratensian order avoided female members “like poisonous animals.” Which of these attitudes is truly reflective of the experiences of the sisters of the Premonstratensian order in medieval France? This lecture will explore the social, economic and political contexts of these women between the 12th and 16th centuries in light of new archival research that tells a much more complicated story than has long been assumed.