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The Wisdom of the Beguines: The Forgotten Story of a Medieval Women's Movement Paperback – June 14, 2016

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The Wisdom of the Beguines…sweeps up some surprising women…and a range of locales…What’s left is a legacy that had more influence than official church history acknowledges. Swan’s book is a useful corrective.”—THE SEATTLE TIMES

“Swan…brings their lives and writings to the general reader with a clear, admiring narrative…her book is a sympathetic look at the Beguines that will intrigue anyone interested in women’s spirituality.”—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

“…Swan’s book provides an accessible overview of beguine spirituality in the context of their own times…[it] does a good job of explaining both the beguines’ spiritual practices and their continuing legacy.”—COMMONWEAL

About the Author

Laura Swan has for many years studied and written about the history of women’s spirituality and the monastic life. She is the associate editor of Magistra: A Journal of Women’s Spirituality in History and adjunct professor of religious studies at Saint Martin’s University in Washington State. A member and former prioress of St. Placid Priory, a community of Benedictine women in the Pacific Northwest, her books include The Forgotten Desert Mothers and Engaging Benedict.

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  • Item Weight : 9.5 ounces
  • Paperback : 208 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 162919008X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1629190082
  • Product Dimensions : 5.75 x 0.5 x 8.25 inches
  • Publisher : BlueBridge; Reprint Edition (June 14, 2016)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48 ratings
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