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The Care of NunsThe Ministries of Benedictine Women in England during the Central Middle Ages$
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Katie Ann-Marie Bugyis

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190851286

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190851286.001.0001

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Curates of Nuns

(p.1) Introduction
The Care of Nuns

Katie Ann-Marie Bugyis

Oxford University Press

The Introduction challenges previous interpretations of the term cura monialium in the historiography of medieval nuns that have restricted its use to the material and spiritual care that these religious women, both as individuals and as communities, received from resident chaplains, visiting priests, and diocesan bishops. Such interpretations too often neglect the other meaning that this term could and did convey: the care that nuns extended to themselves and to those who sought their hospitality, counsel, instruction, healing, absolution, and intercession. Such care was no less vital to nuns’ practices and identities. Indeed, it is the contention of the Introduction and the chapters that follow that examining this meaning of cura monialium gets to the very heart of what it was to be a Benedictine nun in England during the central Middle Ages.

Keywords:   Benedictine, nun, ministry, liturgy, curate, minister, cura monialium, pastoral care, authority, agency, manuscript

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