Female Mystic Great Women Thinkers of the Middle Ages

ISBN-10: 1845116410
ISBN-13: 9781845116415
Edition: 2009
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List price: $18.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: I. B. Tauris & Company, Limited
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

The Middle Ages saw a flourishing of mysticism that was astonishing for its richness and distinctiveness. The medieval period was unlike any other period of Christianity in producing people who frequently claimed visions of Christ and Mary, uttered prophecies, gave voice to ecstatic experiences, recited poems and songs said to emanate directly from God and changed their ways of life as a result of these special revelations. Many recipients of these alleged divine gifts were women. Yet the female contribution to western Europe's intellectual and religious development is still not well understood. Popular or lay religion has been overshadowed by academic theology, which was predominantly the theology of men. This timely book rectifies the neglect by examining a number of women whose lives exemplify traditions which were central to medieval theology but whose contributions have tended to be dismissed as 'merely spiritual' by today's scholars. In their different ways, visionaries like Richeldis de Faverches (founder of the Holy House at Walsingham, or 'England's Nazareth'), the learned Hildegard of Bingen, Hadewijch of Brabant (exemplary voice of the Beguine tradition of love mysticism), charismatic traveller and pilgrim Margery Kempe and anchoress Julian of Norwich all challenged traditional male scholastic theology. Designed for the use of undergraduate student and general reader alike, this attractive survey provides an introduction to thirteen remarkable women and sets their ideas in context.

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Introduction: Concepts, Context and Substance of the Book
Global and Local Discourses: Civil Society and the Achievements of Democracy
External and Internal Dimensions of Democratic Expansion: Towards a Synergy
The Evolution of Civil Society: Contemporary Character and Democratic Potentials
Confrontations with the State: Labour Movements and Civic Associations
Civil Society and Electoral Process: from Illusion to Reality
Conclusion: A Critique of Neoliberal Democracy, the State and Civil Society

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