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“The Lost Women of Prémontré: Finding and Following the Footsteps of Medieval Women”

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019 • 6:30-8 p.m.
Dudley Birder Hall
St. Norbert College

Yvonne Seale
Yvonne Seale is a historian of medieval women and the social history of religion. Her particular focus is on the history of the Premonstratensian order in France. Seale has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 2016. Her writing has appeared in publications such as the Journal of Medieval Monastic History, History Today and The Public Domain Review.

About the Lecture
In the mid-12th century, the chronicler Herman of Tournai wrote that there were more than 10,000 Premonstratensian sisters spread across northern France. By the late 13th century, Konrad, abbot of Marchtal, would write that the Premonstratensian order avoided female members “like poisonous animals.” Which of these attitudes is truly reflective of the experiences of the sisters of the Premonstratensian order in medieval France?

This lecture will explore the social, economic and political contexts of these women between the 12th and 16th centuries in light of new archival research that tells a much more complicated story than has long been assumed.

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