Session340
TitleSub clausura: Living Female Monastic Enclosure in Medieval Portugal
Date/TimeMonday 4 July 2022: 16.30-18.00
 
SponsorInstituto de Estudos Medievais (IEM), Universidade Nova de Lisboa
 
OrganiserJoão Luís Fontes, Instituto de Estudos Medievais (IEM), Universidade Nova de Lisboa / Centro de Estudos de História Religiosa, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lisboa
 
Moderator/ChairJoão Luís Fontes, Instituto de Estudos Medievais (IEM), Universidade Nova de Lisboa / Centro de Estudos de História Religiosa, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lisboa
 
Paper 340-a The Enclosure of Cistercian Nuns in Portugal: Tradition, the Statutes of Odivelas (1295 and 1306), and the Periculoso Decree (1298)
(Language: English)
Luís Miguel Rêpas, Instituto de Estudos Medievais (IEM), Universidade Nova de Lisboa / Centro de História da Sociedade e da Cultura (CHSC), Universidade de Coimbra
Index Terms: Monasticism; Religious Life; Social History; Women's Studies
Paper 340-b Female Enclosure: Norms and Experiences of the Portuguese Poor Clares during the Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Maria Filomena Andrade, Instituto de Estudos Medievais (IEM), Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Index Terms: Monasticism; Religious Life; Women's Studies
Paper 340-c Looking at the Convent Walls: Theory and Practice of Enclosure in Late Medieval Portuguese Dominican Nunneries
(Language: English)
Gilberto Coralejo Moiteiro, Instituto Politécnico de Leiria / Instituto de Estudos Medievais (IEM), Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Index Terms: Monasticism; Religious Life; Women's Studies
 
AbstractWhat did it mean to live enclosured for women who, in the final centuries of the Middle Ages, joined monastic communities that were obliged to do so? Imposed by the papacy through the bull Periculoso (1298), it emerged as a particularly distinctive sign of the movements that proposed a renewal of religious life, shaping the norms, inspiring models, giving rise to practices that conformed to it or questioned it. Based on the example of three orders - Cistercians, Poor Clares, and Dominican Observants - we will seek to better understand how this reality was lived in medieval Portugal, and to what extent the frontiers imposed by the conventual walls or bars were effectively respected and assumed as a path of perfection.