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Female abbatial leadership and the shaping of communal identity in ninth-century Saxony : the Life of Hathumoda of Gandersheim

Jirki Thibaut (UGent)
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By looking at the Life of Hathumoda, a ninth-century biographical account about the first abbess of the female monastery of Gandersheim in Saxony (d. 874), this article deepens out how women religious in ninth-century Saxony made use of normative legacies to create an own corporate identity by which they could respond to challenges in the society. I argue that the Benedictine portrayal of Hathumoda and her community was not a top-down stimulant to convince the women religious of Gandersheim to adopt a strict Benedictine observance, as older literature assumed, but the Gandersheim community’s attempt to shape a distinctive identity in an increasing dense and competitive female monastic landscape.
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female religious life, identity, monasticism, reform, social history, gender studies, Saxony

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Thibaut, Jirki. 2018. “Female Abbatial Leadership and the Shaping of Communal Identity in Ninth-century Saxony : the Life of Hathumoda of Gandersheim.” Journal of Medieval Monastic Studies 7.
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Thibaut, J. (2018). Female abbatial leadership and the shaping of communal identity in ninth-century Saxony : the Life of Hathumoda of Gandersheim. JOURNAL OF MEDIEVAL MONASTIC STUDIES, 7.
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Thibaut J. Female abbatial leadership and the shaping of communal identity in ninth-century Saxony : the Life of Hathumoda of Gandersheim. JOURNAL OF MEDIEVAL MONASTIC STUDIES. 2018;7.
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Thibaut, Jirki. “Female Abbatial Leadership and the Shaping of Communal Identity in Ninth-century Saxony : the Life of Hathumoda of Gandersheim.” JOURNAL OF MEDIEVAL MONASTIC STUDIES 7 (2018): n. pag. Print.
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  journal      = {JOURNAL OF MEDIEVAL MONASTIC STUDIES},
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  language     = {eng},
  title        = {Female abbatial leadership and the shaping of communal identity in ninth-century Saxony : the Life of Hathumoda of Gandersheim},
  volume       = {7},
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