The Wisdom of the Beguines
The Forgotten Story of A Medieval Women's MovementBook - 2014
The Beguines began to form in various parts of Europe over eight hundred years ago, around the year 1200. Beguines were laywomen, not nuns, and thus did not take solemn vows and did not live in monasteries. The beguines were a phenomenal movement that swept across Europe yet they were never a religious order or a formalized movement. But there were common elements that rendered these women distinctive and familiar, including their common way of life, their unusual business acumen, and their commitment to the poor and marginalized. These women were essentially self defined, in opposition to the many attempts to control and define them.
Publisher: New York : BlueBridge, c2014
Branch Call Number: 274.04 SWA
Characteristics: 202 pages