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1. Record Number: 9513
Title : Female Patronage of Vernacular Religious Works in Fifteenth-Century Castile: Aristocratic Women and Their Confessors [The author examines four texts and the relationships between their female patrons and their authors/confessors as represented by Hernando de Talavera's "Colación de cómo se deben renovar en las ánimas todos los fieles cristianos en el tiempo de adviento" [Sermon on How All Faithful Christians Must Be Renewed in Their Souls during Advent] and "Tractado de loores de sant Juan evangelista" [Treatise in Praise of Saint John the Evangelist] for Queen Isabella la Catolica and Juan Lopez's "Historias que comprenden toda la vida de Nuestra Señora" [Histories that Include the Entire Life of Our Lady] and "Evangelios moralizados" [The Gospels Sermonized] for Leonor Pimentel, Countess of Plasencia. Surtz argues that the authors/confessors are in part concerned with establishing hierarchies of gender and spiritual authority and emphasize traditional models of female behavior. Surtz points out that neither female patron curtailed her active involvement in politics as a result of these devotional directives. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
Source: The Vernacular Spirit: Essays on Medieval Religious Literature.   Edited by Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski, Duncan Robertson, and Nancy Bradley Warren .   The New Middle Ages series. Palgrave, 2002.  Pages 263 - 282.
Year of Publication: 2002.

2. Record Number: 3634
Title : Me atrevo a escribir así: Confessional Politics in the Letters of Isabel I and Hernando de Talavera [The author argues that Isabel wrote exaggeratedly humble letters to her confessor in order to resist his rigid rules for women's behavior].
Source: Women at Work in Spain: From the Middle Ages to Early Modern Times.   Edited by Marilyn Stone and Carmen Benito-Vessels .   Peter Lang, 1998.  Pages 147 - 173.
Year of Publication: 1998.