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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 (2018) JOURNAL OF MEDIEVAL MONASTIC STUDIES. 7.
abstract
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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in press
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female religious life, identity, monasticism, reform, social history, gender studies, Saxony
journal title
JOURNAL OF MEDIEVAL MONASTIC STUDIES
volume
7
ISSN
2034-3515
language
English
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yes
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A2
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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8515700
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-8515700
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2017-04-06 09:58:20
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2017-05-02 08:27:20
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  author       = {Thibaut, Jirki},
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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},
  year         = {2018},
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Chicago
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.
APA
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.
Vancouver
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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.
MLA
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.