The Garden Of Delights: Reform And Renaissance For Women In The Twelfth Century by Fiona J. GriffithsThe Garden Of Delights: Reform And Renaissance For Women In The Twelfth Century by Fiona J. Griffiths

The Garden Of Delights: Reform And Renaissance For Women In The Twelfth Century

byFiona J. Griffiths

Hardcover | November 1, 2006

Pricing and Purchase Info

$93.57 online 
$98.00 list price
Earn 468 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store

Quantity:

In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores

about

In "The Garden of Delights," Fiona J. Griffiths offers the first major study of the "Hortus deliciarum," a magnificently illuminated manuscript of theology, biblical history, and canon law written both by and explicitly for women at the end of the twelfth century. In so doing she provides a brilliantly persuasive new reading of female monastic culture. Through careful analysis of the contents, structure, and organization of the "Hortus," Griffiths argues for women's profound engagement with the spiritual and intellectual vitality of the period on a level previously thought unimaginable, overturning the assumption that women were largely excluded from the "renaissance" and "reform" of this period. As a work of scholarship that drew from a wide range of sources, both monastic and scholastic, the "Hortus" provides a witness to the richness of women's reading practices within the cloister, demonstrating that it was possible, even late into the twelfth century, for communities of religious women to pursue an educational program that rivaled that available to men. At the same time, the manuscript's reformist agenda reveals how women engaged the pressing spiritual questions of the day, even going so far as to criticize priests and other churchmen who fell short of their reformist ideals.Through her wide-ranging examination of the texts and images of the "Hortus," their sources, composition, and function, Griffiths offers an integrated understanding of the whole manuscript, one which highlights women's Latin learning and orthodox spirituality. "The Garden of Delights" contributes to some of the most urgent questions concerning medieval religious women, the interplay of gender, spirituality, and intellectual engagement, to discussions concerning women scribes and writers, women readers, female authorship and authority, and the visual culture of female communities. It will be of interest to art historians, scholars of women's and gender studies, historians of medieval religion, education, and theology, and literary scholars studying questions of female authorship and models of women's reading.

Title:The Garden Of Delights: Reform And Renaissance For Women In The Twelfth CenturyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:November 1, 2006Publisher:University Of Pennsylvania PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0812239601

ISBN - 13:9780812239607

Look for similar items by category:

Reviews