A World of Independent Women: From the 12th Century to the Present Day: The Flemish Beguinages
Riverside: The Herve van Caloen Foundation, 2003.
Paperback. 8 1/4" X 8 1/4". 160pp. Very mild shelf wear to covers, corners, and edges of pictorial paper wraps. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is sound. ABOUT THIS BOOK: The Beguines were neither religious not lay. These were women who as early as the 12th century lived their faith independently in the emerging cities of Europe. Often well educated, they played an important economic, social and artistic role. At the end of the XIII century, the Beguines defied the interdiction against female reading, preaching and Biblical commentary. Some wrote beautiful texts. In consequence, the Beguines were eventually condemned by the Church. Only the Beguines from the Southern Low Countries who lived surrounded by walls were spared. Their Beguinages--cities within cities--survived to the present. They are peaceful places of memorable beauty. Through thirteen Flemish Beguinages recognized by UNESCO as sites of "outstanding universal value," the Luciole Guide invites us to discover and understand the journey of these exceptional women.(Publisher). Very good. Item #12299