women's and gender history; social history; female monasticism; political and economical history; medieval history; religious and ecclesiastical history
MüllerAnnalena, Das Kloster Klingental als Verwaltungseinheit in der Alten Eidgenossenschaft – eine Manuskriptstudie der Registratur StABS F, in Hirbodian Sigrid (ed.), DRW-Verlag, Leinfelden-Echterdingen.
Müller Annalena, Le manuscrit ADA H 1508 - Le Cartulaire de Notre Dame de Soissons. Une étude codicologique contextualisée, in Les Mémoires de la Fédération des Sociétés d'histoire de l'Aisne
Datenbank - Powerful Piety. Practices of Female Abbatial Authority in Medieval Europe
||Müller , Annalena; Schormann, Agnes
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The proposed project will revise historiographical notions of female agency through a social history of nunneries, their abbesses, and their practices of regal and feudal power. Based on the data collected and evaluated for 34 convents located in today's Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and France, my project aims to show that landed nunneries were powerful religious, political, and economic institutions that were sought after allies of the most influential agents of the time. On a political level, the study will discuss nunneries as locations of deliberate dynastic placements and centers of dynastic policies. On a religious level, this project inquires about the pivotal importance of convents for the permanent Catholization of religiously contested areas, such as the medieval Languedoc. Finally, on a societal level, this project will show that aristocratic abbesses who practiced feudal and even regal authority were an omnipresent sight in medieval Europe. The abbess’ gender was not an obstacle in their practice of power, as their (male and female) contemporaries were oblivious of those supposed gender hierarchies 19th and 20th-century historians have projected onto the Middle Ages. Drawing from a wealth of archival sources and, where extant, historiographical studies of select institutions, the findings of this project will allow us to reassess not only the roles of women religious in medieval Europe, but also the fundamentals of medieval society itself in which (aristocratic) women religious enjoyed far greater independent social, political and religious influence than scholarship has hitherto allowed.