Keeping Vigil on the Edge: Three Models of Leadership in Monastic Women of the Middle Ages
For this paper, I will, initially, concentrate our attention on the factors that contributed to the position of women in the Church and society from the early to high Middle Ages. It is here that we find a fascinating rise and demise of the role of women in the eyes of the Church and society. It is here also that we find some wonderful examples of monastic women whose leadership, though largely ignored by a male-centred preserve of history, was both vital and prophetic in their own times. I will focus on just three very different examples of monastic women who exhibited remarkable characteristics of this innovatlve leadership and which might inform our own understanding of the role of both women and men in leadership for the Church today.
Posa, C. (2002). Keeping vigil on the edge: Three models of leadership in monastic women of the Middle Ages. Tjurunga: An Australasian Benedictine Review, 62, May.