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Title: Squabbling Siblings: Gender and Monastic Life in late Anglo-Saxon Winchester
Authors: Foxhall Forbes, Helen
First Published: 24-Nov-2011
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Citation: Gender & History, 2011, 23 (3), pp. 653-684
Abstract: In early medieval Winchester, three monastic communities were enclosed together in the south-eastern corner of the town. By the later Anglo-Saxon period, Old Minster was a monastic cathedral and New Minster and Nunnaminster were monastic communities for men and women respectively. This paper addresses ways in which the three foundations collaborated and co-ordinated with each other and with the city. While gender segregated these communities, both liturgy and the urban context integrated them, as can be seen from the books used and produced by religious men and women in this city in later Anglo-Saxon England. The importance of prayer to the inhabitants of the city and the wider locale can be seen in the documents that request liturgical services – most often prayers and masses – in return for grants of land and other gifts. Ecclesiastical and lay individuals alike allied themselves to these religious houses, seeking commemoration and often also burial in their cemeteries and hoping to benefit spiritually from their prayers. The ways in which gender affected the religious experiences of Winchester's citizens and their consecrated brothers and sisters are complex, but they are also important in understanding how the saints and their servants on earth related to God, to each other and to the surrounding urban space.
DOI Link: 10.1111/j.1468-0424.2011.01656.x
ISSN: 0953-5233
eISSN: 1468-0424
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Description: Metadata only entry
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, School of Historical Studies

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