The Scourge and the Cross: Ascetic Mentalities of the Later Middle Ages

@inproceedings{Tinsley2009TheSA,
  title={The Scourge and the Cross: Ascetic Mentalities of the Later Middle Ages},
  author={David F. Tinsley},
  year={2009}
}
Harsh asceticism, including ritual self-mortification, remains one of the most troubling and least understood aspects of monastic life in the Later Middle Ages. The nuns whose austere lives are celebrated in spiritual biographies and autobiographies in the Order of Preachers were long dismissed by traditional scholars as hysterics or inferior mimics of true mysticism. Some recent feminist studies either gloss over asceticism or portray its practitioners as traumatized victims of patriarchal… CONTINUE READING

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