Frank Henderson's Page on Liturgy and Medieval Women

Women and Worship in the Middle Ages

Women and Worship in the Middle Ages

Liturgy was a significant part of the life experience of medieval women and one of the factors that shaped their identity as individuals and as members of church and society. The lives of medieval women reflected and were shaped by the daily, weekly, seasonal and annual round of liturgical rites. Worship marked birth, marriage or entrance into religious life, sickness and death. I am trying to describe and reflect on the many different ways women participated in or were visible in the many diverse liturgical celebrations of the medieval church (as well as ways in which their participation was restricted). How did their participation vary with place, time and social location? How did it vary from one liturgy to another?

Presentations at North American Academy of Liturgy
and International Congress of Medieval Studies

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