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Handmaids of the Lord


Contemporary Descriptions of Feminine Asceticism in the First Six Christian Centuries


Edited and Translated by Joan M. Petersen
Throughout the Christian world, women have chosen to lead disciplined lives of prayer and asceticism. Descriptions of early role-models—Macrina, the two Paulas and Melanias, Radagunde—and others by contemporaries, usually men, provide details of their austerities, their aspirations, and their relationship with the Church and the world, not least with male authority figures.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-60724-211-6
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Apr 30,2010
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 441
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-60724-211-6
$192.00
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Throughout the Christian world, women have chosen to lead disciplined lives of prayer and asceticism. Descriptions of early role-models—Macrina, the two Paulas and Melanias, Radagunde—and others by contemporaries, usually men, provide details of their austerities, their aspirations, and their relationship with the Church and the world, not least with male authority figures.

Throughout the Christian world, women have chosen to lead disciplined lives of prayer and asceticism. Descriptions of early role-models—Macrina, the two Paulas and Melanias, Radagunde—and others by contemporaries, usually men, provide details of their austerities, their aspirations, and their relationship with the Church and the world, not least with male authority figures.

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Joan Petersen

  • TABLE OF CONTENTS (page 5)
  • ABBREVIATIONS (page 9)
  • TRANSLATOR'S PREFACE (page 11)
  • PUBLISHER'S NOTE (page 13)
  • FEMININE MONASTICISM IN THE FIRST SIX CHRISTIAN CENTURIES: AN HISTORICAL INTRODUCTION (page 17)
  • INTRODUCTION (page 41)
  • A LETTER FROM GREGORY, BISHOP OF NYSSA ON THE LIFE OF SAINT MACRINA (page 51)
  • HISTORICAL INTRODUCTION (page 89)
  • MARCELLA, LEA, ASELLA, AND PRINCIPIA: WIDOWS AND VIRGINS IN ROME (page 101)
  • PAULA THE ELDER: AN ASCETIC PILGRIM TO ROME AND BETHLEHEM (page 123)
  • EUSTOCHIUM THE THEOLOGY OF FEMININE ASCETICISM (page 169)
  • DEMETRIAS AN ASCETIC EXILE IN NORTH AFRICA (page 219)
  • PAULA THE YOUNGER AND PACATULA HOW TO RAISE YOUNG VIRGINS (page 251)
  • To Pacatula (page 271)
  • INTRODUCTION (page 283)
  • MELANIA THE ELDER BY PALLADIUS, BISHOP OF HELENOPOLIS (page 299)
  • THE LIFE OF THE HOLY MELANIA BY GERONTIUS (page 311)
  • INTRODUCTION (page 365)
  • THE LIFE OF SAINT RADEGUNDE (page 381)
  • THE LIFE OF SAINT RADEGUNDE (page 401)
  • THE DEATH AND FUNERAL OF RADEGUNDE BY GREGORY OF TOURS (page 429)
  • APPENDIX (page 433)
  • SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING (page 435)
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