About this Course
Have you ever heard about medieval mysticism or medieval heresies? Have you ever wondered about the particular role women played in medieval spirituality? Do Hildegard of Bingen, Clare of Assisi, Marguerite Porete, the Cathar ladies or Isabel de Villena ring a bell? Have you ever felt like you wanted to know more about them? If your answer to any of these questions was yes, then this MOOC, A voice of their own. Women’s spirituality in the Middle ages is what you were looking for. A Voice of their own is much more than a course. It is an invitation to follow the paths traced by the spiritual experiences of medieval women. It is a challenge that, should you let it, will take you to places where you will see and hear things that will astonish you. Here you will find medieval women playing a major role in the spiritual transformations of the Middle Ages, founding monastic movements and orders, writing about their experiences, traveling the roads of Europe to spread their ideas, creating spiritual landscapes, as well as both material an intangible architectures. In this MOOC, these women will speak to you from the past, and you'll see that their voices still hold great validity in the present....
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Approx. 13 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks, 3 hours/week...
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English

Subtitles: English...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
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2 hours to complete

A Voice of their Own: Introduction

In this Unit you will get an idea of all the topics that will be discussed throughout this course and you will start to learn about the many roles women adopted in the spirituality of the Middle Ages....
Reading
8 videos (Total 88 min), 1 quiz
Video8 videos
The Dawn of a New Spirituality12m
The Birth of Nunneries: Early Forms of Female Monasticism in the Middle Ages11m
Female Voices in the New Mysticism13m
Persecution and Dissent: The True Meaning of Heresies13m
Women Changing Spaces: The Effect of Female Spirituality on the Territory and the City9m
The Role of Women in Confraternities8m
Women on the Move8m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz Unit 130m
Week
2
Clock
2 hours to complete

THE HOUSE OF THE HEART: NUNS IN THE MIDDLE AGES

This Unit focuses on the world of medieval nunneries from the Early to the Late Middle Ages. Here you will find the early varied forms of monasticism and also the well-established orders of the end of the medieval period. You will learn about enclosure, about life in nunneries and about the men and women who helped found and support them for their own purposes....
Reading
7 videos (Total 85 min), 1 quiz
Video7 videos
The Female Branch of the Mendicant Movement15m
Enclosure: The Not-So-Strict Reality of Medieval Nuns10m
The Daily Rhythm of the Nunnery13m
Books and Archives in the Nunnery11m
Lay Benefactors, Sponsors, and Promoters9m
Founding Queens14m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz Unit 230m
Week
3
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3 hours to complete

The Space Within: Female Mysticism in the Middle Ages

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Reading
7 videos (Total 95 min), 2 quizzes
Video7 videos
3.2 Courtly Mysticism: The Trobairises of God13m
Mysticism in the Nunnery: The Spiritual School of Helfta16m
The Mirror of Simple Souls and the Deafening Silence of Marguerite Porete11m
The Anchoress and the Wanderer: Julian of Norwich, Margery Kempe, and English Mysticism14m
The Meditations of Isabel de Villena11m
Birgitta of Sweden: Mother, Mystic, And Founder11m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz Unit 330m
Week
4
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2 hours to complete

VOICES OF DISSENT

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Reading
7 videos (Total 96 min), 1 quiz
Video7 videos
Preaching Voices: The Role of Women among the Poor of Lyons10m
The Role of Women in the Guglielmites16m
The Burned Beguines of Languedoc12m
Inquisitors and Women9m
Curbing Dissidence: From Beguines to Nuns12m
The alumbradas: 16th-century Heretics?11m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz Unit 430m

Instructors

Delfi I. Nieto-Isabel

BSc, BA, MA
Dept. of Medieval History, Palaeography & Diplomatics, Institute for Research on Medieval Cultures, University of Barcelona

About Universitat de Barcelona

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