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The role of women in the Irish monasticism, between the 5th and the 8th century

Małgorzata Kaźmierczak

Abstract

In the thesis the author undertakes the subject of the role of women in the Irish monasticism in Ireland and on the continent in the period between 5th and 8th century, that is from the Christianization of Ireland till the end of the golden era of women monasteries. In the 1st chapter, based on both pre-Christian and Church sources, she analyzes the legal situation of women and particularly their position in marriage and their capability to inherit, as well as what was, if any, the influence of Christianity on the situation of women in Ireland. It is shown, that their legal status, apart from the appearance of Lex Innocentium, had not changed substantially, however, thanks to Christianity they gained a new opportunity of becoming abbesses. 2nd chapter is a detailed description of the image of women in the Irish mythology. 3rd chapter discusses the biographies of St. Brigit, Ita, Moninna (Darerca), Samthann, Attracta, Cairech Dergen, Damnat, Gobnat, Lasair and Ricinn. Their image in hagiographic sources is a base to reconstruct the image of all women. Attention is paid to both pre-Christian motives, described in detail in the previous chapter, as well as to the influence of continental writings. 4th chapter is devoted to the biographies and hagiographical images of some women saints – founders of women and double monasteries on the continent: St. Burgundofara, Sadalberga, Rictrude, Gertrude and Ita of Nivelles, Aldegund and Waldetrude, Balthild, Bertilla and Anstrude. In the ending chapter the role of women during the given period is summarized and the reasons for the decline of women monasteries in the 8th century are discussed.
Record ID
UAM71c684176a4f4f6d8933cd0ccb8bf154
Diploma type
Doctor of Philosophy
Author
Title in Polish
Rola kobiet w monastycyzmie iryjskim od V do VIII wieku
Title in English
The role of women in the Irish monasticism, between the 5th and the 8th century
Language
pol (pl) Polish
Certifying Unit
Faculty of History (FoH)
Discipline
history / (humanities) / (humanities)
Scientific discipline (2.0)
1.3 history
Status
Finished
Defense Date
15-11-2010
Title date
15-11-2010
Supervisor
Jerzy Strzelczyk Jerzy Strzelczyk,, to_translate_Wydział Historii [nowa struktura organizacyjna] (SNH/WH)Szkoła Nauk Humanistycznych [nowa struktura organizacyjna] (SNH)
URL
http://hdl.handle.net/10593/659 Opening in a new tab
Keywords in English
Women’s history, Early medieval Ireland, Monasticism
Abstract in English
In the thesis the author undertakes the subject of the role of women in the Irish monasticism in Ireland and on the continent in the period between 5th and 8th century, that is from the Christianization of Ireland till the end of the golden era of women monasteries. In the 1st chapter, based on both pre-Christian and Church sources, she analyzes the legal situation of women and particularly their position in marriage and their capability to inherit, as well as what was, if any, the influence of Christianity on the situation of women in Ireland. It is shown, that their legal status, apart from the appearance of Lex Innocentium, had not changed substantially, however, thanks to Christianity they gained a new opportunity of becoming abbesses. 2nd chapter is a detailed description of the image of women in the Irish mythology. 3rd chapter discusses the biographies of St. Brigit, Ita, Moninna (Darerca), Samthann, Attracta, Cairech Dergen, Damnat, Gobnat, Lasair and Ricinn. Their image in hagiographic sources is a base to reconstruct the image of all women. Attention is paid to both pre-Christian motives, described in detail in the previous chapter, as well as to the influence of continental writings. 4th chapter is devoted to the biographies and hagiographical images of some women saints – founders of women and double monasteries on the continent: St. Burgundofara, Sadalberga, Rictrude, Gertrude and Ita of Nivelles, Aldegund and Waldetrude, Balthild, Bertilla and Anstrude. In the ending chapter the role of women during the given period is summarized and the reasons for the decline of women monasteries in the 8th century are discussed.

Uniform Resource Identifier
https://researchportal.amu.edu.pl/info/phd/UAM71c684176a4f4f6d8933cd0ccb8bf154/
URN
urn:amu-prod:UAM71c684176a4f4f6d8933cd0ccb8bf154

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