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Women in Christianity

Volume 2: The Medieval Period AD 1000 - 1500

Author(s): Mary Malone

ISBN13: 9781856073394

ISBN10: 1856073394

Publisher: Columba Press (1 Jan. 2001)

Extent: 304 pages

Binding: Paperback

Size: 13.5 x 21.5 cm

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  • In the first volume of this major, three-part series, Mary T. Malone provided a comprehensive history of women in the first thousand years of the Western Christian tradition. In this second volume, she embarks on the equally compelling story of the next five hundred years. This path breaking trilogy shows how women have always enabled and enriched Christianity, and reveals the profound impact they continue to have on Christian life. Malone presents women in their own words, drawing as much as possible on their own writing. Combining theology and history, she engages the reader in a compelling narrative about innovative and courageous women responding to the ever-shifting circumstances of their time. In Volume 2, Mary Malone explores the fascinating period of the medieval world, from 1000 to 1500, a time of enormous complexity. On the one hand, the cathedrals and universities that endure in Europe reveal a quest for knowledge and beauty. On the other hand, the disastrous crusades against both infidel without, and heretic within, stain the history of Christian endeavour. This period saw other momentous events in Church history: the imposition of celibacy, the centralization of the papacy, and the definitive split with Eastern Christianity. The highlight of Volume 2 may be Malone’s portrait of the extraordinary outbreak of women’s mysticism in the 12th and 13th centuries as women seemed to take control of their own spiritual lives and invented their own forms of institutional living for the furtherance of this new spirituality.

  • Mary Malone

    Mary T. Malone retired home to Ireland in 1997 after almost forty years in Canada where she taught in Toronto’s St Augustine’s Seminary and in the University of St Jerome’s, the Catholic College on the campus of the University of Waterloo. Since returning to Ireland, Mary has written a trilogy on Women & Christianity, 2000, 2001, 2003, and Praying with the Women Mystics, 2006, all for The Columba Press, as well as several articles. Mary lives in her home county of Wexford.

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