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, such as religion, charity and peace-making. Christine de Pisan’s wise princess, like the knight of La Tour Landry’s daughters, was enjoined to love and fear God, and to devote herself to the cultivation of virtue and good works. Only a few women, however, were called to the contemplative religious life where they cut themselves off completely from self, family and the world. 25 Most women, even those

in Women of the English Nobility and Gentry, 1066-1500

, acceded to his demands without difficulty. Several were pardoned in this way who, constant in virtue and carefully weighing up the dangers of the secular life, with the blessed Raimondo’s encouragement embraced the religious life in the canonry of the Twelve Apostles and there faithfully served God. How the Lord brought an end to his servant’s labours and granted him a happy end

in Saints and cities in medieval Italy

to posterity), being in the place where the holy man lived and peacefully ended his days, I have talked with those who knew him, whom I have sought out with all diligence, and especially with those who knew the virtues of the saint; I thought I could place unquestioned faith in them, for their proven truth in the religious life is well known. It is to be noted that in this legend I shall not always

in Saints and cities in medieval Italy

because of their supposed hostility to the younger faith and because they were suspected of conspiring with Christian heretics against Catholic Christendom. This assault on the religious life and practice of Judaism was carried out under the auspices of the Fourth Lateran Council of the Catholic Church, which, having been called together by Pope Innocent III, had issued its decrees

in The Jews in western Europe 1400–1600

! Jesus!’ And straightaway all the demons fled when the most powerful name of Jesus was invoked. The dead man remained there alone with the friar. When the friar asked which was the best form of the religious life, he said, ‘Those who do most good please God best.’ Then the friar wanted to know how many masses celebrated for him could free him from the pains of Purgatory and he said that he needed five

in Friars’ Tales
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Thietmar, bishop and chronicler

privileges – which is to say that they were freed from any secular jurisdiction other than the king’s, could call on the king to defend them, and (within certain limits) elect their community’s head, each a benefit thought to enhance the residents’ ability to pursue a truly religious life. 58 Ottonian kings also drew heavily on the personal resources of the clergy, chiefly to provide the loyal

in Ottonian Germany

religion. 126 About his religious life, 127 since it is very obvious to everybody, I think it better to keep silent rather than talk of it. But the king, not knowing this man, regarded him almost as a prophet of God in all he said because he saw not that his accusations concerning the man of God were above all flattery which nurtured his own desire. So, that night on which the holy Easter vigils were being

in Late Merovingian France
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protected civic identity. As Vauchez has defined it, the essence of civic religion is ‘the appropriation of values of the religious life by urban powers for the purposes of legitimation, celebration and public well-being’. 1 First of all comes the role of the patron saint – or rather, saints, for although cities might have one major patron, they also had a broader group of saint-protectors (for example, at Perugia

in The towns of Italy in the later Middle Ages

suggest that Pippin’s power was God-given. 100 nutriverat . The same verb is used by the author of the Vita Balthildis . See above, p. 126. 101 This is the only mention of Begga’s political regency; the Merovingian authors treat her religious life

in Late Merovingian France
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biography is further evidence of the devotion of Paul and Gebhard to the memoria of Udalric, which culminated in the foundation of St Mang. Udalric also appears in the Life of Gregory VII , celebrated as one of the ‘four principal directors’ of German religious life: he introduced the ‘customs’ of Cluny into Germany. 431 Paul’s Life of Herluca shows that combination of hagiographical themes and

in The Papal Reform of the Eleventh Century