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Beguines - Religious Women Outside of Monasticism

The Beguines were women who led lives of religious devotion, usually in the same house or community, without joining a religious order. Find out more about them in these resources.

Beguines
Beguines were women who led lives of religious devotion, usually in the same house or community, without joining a religious order.

The Beguines
Well-referenced feature on the Beguine movement by Elizabeth T. Knuth examines the rise and fall of the Beguines, their spirituality, and their relevance to modern society.

Sisters Between: Gender and the Medieval Beguines
Abby Stoner's thorough and scholarly examination of the independent and unusual religious organization is well-written, well-referenced, and enlightening, at the Ex Post Facto website.

Beguines & Beghards
Fairly substantive examination of the history of the movement from a Catholic perspective, by Ernest Gilliat-Smith at the Catholic Encyclopedia.

The Beguines: Feminine Piety Derailed
This extensive article by Marygrace Peters, O.P., covers the idea of voluntary poverty, varying medieval attitudes toward women, characteristics of Beguine life as well as the general history of the movement and its relationship to the Christian Church.

Beguines
From the Marginality and Community in Medieval Europe project by history students at Kenyon College, this page addresses the sexuality, marginality and diversity of the Beguines as well as the significance of Beguines to women's history and their relationship to the Christian Church.

Beguines
Article from the 1911 edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica at "Love to Know," unfortunately plagued by scanning errors.

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