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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
ISBN: 978-1-60724-211-6
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.