Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 3087
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Peterson , Ingrid, O.S.F.
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  • Title: Thirteenth-Century Penitential Women: Franciscan Life in the Secular World
  • Source: Studies in Spirituality 12, ( 2002): Pages 43 - 60.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Buonadonna, Wife of Luchesio, a Merchant from Poggibonsi Elizabeth of Hungary, Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Franciscan Order- Tertiaries Lay Piety Miracles Penitents Poverty Rose of Viterbo, Holy Woman, Saint Umiliata dei Cerchi, Penitent and Saint Viri
  • Geographic Area: Germany;Italy
  • Century: 13
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  • Abstract: Brief stories of five thirteenth-century lay penitents illustrate how the example of Saint Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) provided a way for laity to live religious lives in the secular world. All lived close to Francis's lifetime and have been beatified or canonization by the church. They include Blessed Buonadonna (+1260), Saint Viridiana (1182-1242), Saint Umilian Cerchi (1219-1246), Saint Elizabeth of Hungary (1207-1231) and Saint Rose of Viterbo (1235-1252). The legends of their lives show how Francis's ideals of penance, poverty, prayer and service provided an expression for all the faithful, drawing them to the Christian life. They are some of the earliest models of lay spirituality. Reproduced with permission of the Titus Brandsma Institute (The Netherlands). Copies of "Studies in Spirituality" can be ordered from the publisher: Peeters Publishers, Bondgenotenlaan 153, B-3000 Louvain (www.peeters-leuven.be).
  • Author's Affiliation: Franciscan Institute of Saint Bonaventure University
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  • Year of Publication: 2002.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 09266453
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