Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 4151
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Jeep , John M.
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  • Title: Among Friends? : Early German Evidence of Friendship among Women
  • Source: Women in German Yearbook 14, ( 1999): Pages 1 - 18.
  • Description:
  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Bible Exegesis- Song of Songs Friendship in Literature Monasticism Sankt Trudperter Hohes Lied, Middle High German Paraphrase and Commentary on the Song of Songs Women in Religion
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  • Geographic Area: Germany
  • Century: 12
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  • Abstract: Early medieval German texts contain only a few references to women's friendship. The "Sankt Trudperter Hohes Lied," an anonymous paraphrase and commentary on the "Song of Songs" written for religious women, supplies a welcome exception to the widespread silence on the topic. A close reading of passages that specifically mention friendship among women in an eleventh-century convent community sheds some light on the spiritual and communal lives of these women. Comparisons with other medieval writings underscore the unique nature of the text and its significance for the early history of women's friendship. [Reproduced by permission of the University of Nebraska Press.]
  • Author's Affiliation: Miami University
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  • Year of Publication: 1999.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 10587446