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The spiritual community I find most inspiring and appealing in the middle ages is that of the Beguines. I’d no idea they still existed–or did until last month. Here is a beautifully composed tribute to the last of the Beguines. Perhaps this quiet obituary will resonate with some contemporary women looking for peace in our troubled world.
http://www.economist.com/news/obituary/21576632-marcella-pattyn-worlds-last-beguine-died-april-14th-aged-92-marcella-pattyn

Just continued reading on the medieval feminist forum this morning that she is not the last Beguine, there are still members of the community in Germany. http://www.dw.de/sisterhoods-make-a-comeback-in-germany/a-171906
At least as of 2005.

For a deeper look at the issues surrounding research on Beguines, read Jennifer Deane’s article here.
http://monasticmatrix.org/commentaria/beguines-reconsidered-historiographical-problems-and-new-directions
Jennifer would welcome feedback on the issues she presents. And stay tuned–she’s tentatively agreed to write a post for this blog later this summer.

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