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Patronage, Reform, and Prayer: Female Religious Communities in Late Medieval and Early Modern Munich

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posted on 2024-05-10, 20:53 authored by Erica Hastings Snader
This dissertation focuses on Munich’s three most prominent female religious communities and the unique ways that they became embedded into the life of the city in the late medieval and early modern periods. This project traces three major themes. First, it seeks to uncover the ways that the relationship between Munich and its convents was unique. The religious landscape of medieval Munich has received very little scholarly attention, despite the fact that an unusual relationship between the patrician elites and small communities of religious laywomen developed there. Second, this dissertation seeks to gain a fuller understanding of female religious life by discussing the Angerkloster, a traditional monastic community, alongside two semi-religious communities, the Pu¨trichkloster and the Ridlerkloster. This comparative approach allows for insight into the different roles played by different types of religious institutions in the urban landscape. Finally, the dissertation discusses the role that reform played in transforming the relationship between Munich and its convents. These communities each underwent two “reformations” over the course of the centuries, one in the 1480s and the second in 1621. The stories of these reforms, and the varying degrees of success that the women had in resisting these reforms, were intimately linked to the connections they had to external sources of money, legitimacy, and power.

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Date Created

2024-04-13

Date Modified

2024-05-10

Defense Date

2024-04-04

CIP Code

  • 54.0101

Research Director(s)

Daniel Hobbins

Committee Members

Brad Gregory|CJ Jones|Thomas Burman

Degree

  • Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Level

  • Doctoral Dissertation

Language

  • English

Library Record

6584683

OCLC Number

1433149499

Publisher

University of Notre Dame

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  • History

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