In her urgently needed book nuns priests tales fiona griffiths teases out some fascinating answers barbara newman northwestern university this delightful and learned book examines the ways in which the ordained men who provided sacramental services and spiritual counsel for nuns understood their relationships with women. Nuns priests tales men and salvation in medieval womens monastic life the middle ages series fiona j griffiths on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers during the middle ages female monasteries relied on priests to provide for their spiritual care chiefly to celebrate mass in their chapels but also to hear the confessions of their nuns and give last rites to their sick . Focusing on mens spiritual ideas about women and their spiritual service to them nuns priests tales reveals a clerical counter discourse in which spiritual care for women was depicted as a holy service and an act of devotion and obedience to christ. Men and salvation in medieval womens monastic life fiona j griffiths the middle ages series philadelphia pa fiona griffiths has produced a hopeful almost romantic book about medieval priests monks one of griffithss aims is to recover the tales of these nuns priests that is the ideas motifs and rhetorical . Nuns priests tales men and salvation in medieval womens monastic life book authors fiona griffiths nuns priests tales investigates gendered spiritual hierarchies from the perspective of nuns priests ordained men often local monks who served the spiritual needs of monastic women
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