Title
Sisters of early modern confraternities in a small town in the Southern Netherlands (Aalst)Sisters of early modern confraternities in a small town in the Southern Netherlands (Aalst)
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Arts. History
Research group
Centre for Urban History
Publication type
article
Publication
Cambridge,
Subject
History
Source (journal)
Urban history. - Cambridge, 1992, currens
Volume/pages
40(2013):2, p. 247-270
ISSN
0963-9268
ISI
000316762200004
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
This article analyses female agency within the religious confraternities active in an early modern town in the Southern Netherlands in order to gain an insight into women's positions within a (semi-)public urban network and thus beyond the household. The analysis suggests that confraternities did not provide women with opportunities to develop a significant public role within the town. Nonetheless, while there is little evidence that early modern religious confraternities functioned as social networks, female agency on the religious level of confraternal life did exist. It is argued that many of these women were active agents in their own spiritual lives.
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