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15228The University of Pennsylvania Press has just published The Beguines of Medieval Paris: Gender, Patronage, and Spiritual Authority by Tanya Stabler Miller http://www.upenn.edu/pennpress/book/15228.html, and tomorrow Tanya will be a guest on this blog! My thanks to Jennifer Kolpacoff Deane, who was my guest in December, for alerting me to Tanya’s book.

Tanya Stabler Miller received her PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2007. She is a historian of medieval Europe, focusing on the social, cultural, and religious history of the High Middle Ages (1000-1400), with a particular interest in communities, intellectual authority, material culture, and gender. Currently, her research has turned to the medieval college of the Sorbonne and the interplay of learned and popular traditions in devotional literature, which led to the new book as well as several articles.

In tomorrow’s post she provides a brief history of the beguines in Paris, how they were received–they inspired some controversy, and how her particular interests led to writing the book. You’re in for a treat!

I’m delighted to continue the dialogue about these remarkable women.