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Sainted Women of the Dark Ages

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ISBN-10: 0822312166

ISBN-13: 9780822312161

Edition: 1992

Authors: Jo Ann McNamara, John E. Halborg, Gordon Whatley

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Sainted Women of the Dark Agesmakes available the lives of eighteen Frankish women of the sixth and seventh centuries, all of whom became saints. Written in Latin by contemporaries or near contemporaries, and most translated here for the first time, these biographies cover the period from the fall of the Roman Empire and the conversion of the invading Franks to the rise of Charlemagne's family. Three of these holy women were queens who turned to religion only after a period of intense worldly activity. Others were members of the Carolingian family, deeply implicated in the political ambitions of their male relatives. Some were partners in the great Irish missions to the pagan countryside and others worked for the physical salvation of the poor. From the peril and suffering of their lives they shaped themselves as paragons of power and achievement. Beloved by their sisters and communities for their spirtual gifts, they ultimately brought forth a new model of sanctity. These biographies are unusually authentic. At least two were written by women who knew their subjects, while others reflect the direct testimony of sisters within the cloister walls. Each biography is accompanied by an introduction and notes that clarify its historical context. This volume will be an excellent source for students and scholars of women's studies and early medieval social, religious, and political history.
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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 3/27/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 369
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Note on Language and Abbreviations
Acknowledgments
Wives, Concubines, and Children of Merovingian Kings
Ancestors of Charlemagne
Introduction
Genovefa, Virgin of Paris (423-502)
Clothild, Queen of the Franks (d. 544)
Monegund, Widow and Recluse of Tours (d. 570)
Radegund, Queen of the Franks and Abess of Poitiers (ca. 525-587)
Eustadiola, Widow of Bourges (594-684)
Caesaria II, Abbess of Saint Jean of Arles (ca. 550)
Resticula, Abbess of Arles (ca. 556-632)
Glodesind, Abbess in Metz (ca. 600)
Burgundofara, Abbess of Faremoutiers (603-645)
Sadalberga, Abbess of Laon (ca. 605-670)
Rictrude, Abbess of Marchiennes (ca. 614-688)
Gertrude, Abbess of Nivellles (628-658)
Aldegund, Abbess of Maubeuge (d. ca. 684)Waldetrude, Abbess of Mons (d. ca. 688)
Balthild, Queen of Neustria (d. ca. 680)
Bertilla, Abbess of Chelles (d. ca. 700)
Anstrude, Abbess of Laon (ca. 645-d. before 709)
Austreberta, Abbess of Pavilly (650-703)
Bibliography
Index