Aschendorff, 1928); Catherine Rosanna Peyroux, Abbess and Cloister: Double Monasteries
in the Early Medieval West (unpublished Ph.
The work in Religion and Sexism and in Women of Spirit had really inspired her to do some research on her own; she went to the library at the nearby Norbertine Priory, where she was told (to her and my utter amazement), that there had been no double monasteries
in the Middle Ages, something that she had just been reading about.
Given that mention was just made of the seventeenth century, the reference to double monasteries
She documents the stories of the women depicted in Anglo-Saxon history and hagiography: the role of nun as well as queen as peaceweaver, learning as the preserve of women in the double monasteries
, various interpretations of female "virginity.
It next surfaces in the double monasteries
of the Middle Ages, and in a multitude of other guises throughout modern times.