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Women In Medieval Religion

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In medieval times, women were viewed as subordinate to men. They were considered “vulnerable to the powers of evil” and thought to not be involved in the church. The perfect woman in their time was compared to Mary in the Bible. She was an idealistic image to society, virginal, mild and pure. Even though they were viewed as subservient and useless, they were given opportunities to find themselves through Christianity. Within these opportunities for women were nuns, anchoresses and beguines. They all gave themselves up to God and served for their religion. Nuns lived in beautiful convents and worked day and night from growing food to providing healthcare.
Anchoresses vowed to live in solidarity for the rest of their lives and beguines agreed to temporary vows for the simplicity of life. Society portrayed them as men’s servants, but many women rebelled against that stereotype to seek a higher power within themselves.

When nuns begin their journey through Christianity, they begin with taking their monastic vows. They first vowed for chastity, love concluding in marriage
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They vowed to live alone for the rest of their lives and bound themselves to their cell. They lived in either a small house by the cathedral or a tiny room connected to the church. They usually had three windows in their cell, one for light and one facing the church to get communion and wisdom from counsellors. The last to the outside to "conduct such affairs with the world that were necessary", such as food and other necessities. These religiously committed women were the most devoted to the religion because they gave up communication with almost everyone except for their priest and counsellor, unlike nuns who had the necessary community life they got in a convent. They also weren't just bound to temporary vows like beguines, who could begin and end their service whenever they
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