Annual of Medieval Studies at Central European University 12 by The Department of Medieval Studies at the Central European

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His main argument is that a newly inaugurated monastery such as Jerusalem could not be expected to produce a female writer of the maturity apparent from the Devout Letters, whereas Diepenveen could boast no less a person than Salome Sticken, authoress of the Vivendi formula. 25 The presumed affinity between the Vivendi formula and the Devout Letters is an additional argument, and Scheepsma quite logically suggests that Salome Sticken was responsible for the Devout Letters too. This argument is not convincing, however.

Van Aelst, “ ‘Geordineert nae dye getijden’. Suster Bertkens passieboekje,” Ons Geestelijk Erf 69 (1995): 147 [133–56]; Scheepsma, Medieval Religious Women, pp. 119–125; more extensive treatment in the original Dutch version: Wybren Scheepsma, Deemoed en devotie: De koorvrouwen van Windesheim en hun geschriften (Amsterdam: Prometheus, 1997), pp. 108–113; 227– 228, and 236. For a description of The Hague, Koninklijke Bibliotheek MS 133 F22, which contains all three epistles, see Karl Stooker and Theo Verbeij, Collecties op Orde: Middelnederlandse handschriften uit kloosters en semireligieuze gemeenschappen in de Nederlanden, 2 vols (Louvain: Peeters, 1997), 2:409–410 (nr.

This contribution focuses on a group of eight women in the region now known as the Netherlands who were conspicuous for the recognition they received as a result of their experience in religious matters. This experience united several components, ranging from managerial qualities acquired in connection with their social background in the urban elite, to religious knowledge proper, comprising ascetic experience, expertise based on studying and teaching, and supernatural revelation. The women together shared a supra-local women’s network, but each one of them was also a member of what Mulder-Bakker has identified in the Introduction as the “community of discourse” functioning within their respective home city.

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