01 October 2014 → 30 September 2017
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund, Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
gender mulieres religiosae Cistercian order Southern Low Countries high middle ages religious history spirituality
My project aims to study the emergence of Cistercian nunneries between 1150 and 1275 in the Southern Low Countries. I will examine the spiritual ideals that inspired these communities for women and the process by which they became part of the Cistercian order. I will also explore the culture of support amongst Cistercian monks and local bishops for these women.