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Dominican History. Part 4 : Dominican Nuns and Their Legislation in the 13th Century

Dominican History. Part 4 : Dominican Nuns and Their Legislation in the 13th Century

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It begins with a study of the early legislation for Dominican nuns. This should be of interest to all students, given that these were the first Dominican women in the Order, and in the mid-13th century, the only Dominican women. The texts reproduced here laid the foundation for legislation for Dominican sisters for centuries to come.

 

ECTS Credits: 3
Professor: Sister Barbara Estelle Beaumont OP

That begins with a study of the early legislation for Dominican nuns. This should be of interest to all students, given that these were the first Dominican women in the Order, and in the mid-13th century, the only Dominican women. The texts reproduced here laid the foundation for legislation for Dominican sisters for centuries to come.

In this PART 4, four primary source texts are proposed for study:

  • The letter of St Dominic, and
  • Three texts of 13th century Constitutions: two for nuns and one for friars.
The aim to be an exercise in close reading of these texts. It will be important to note the detail of similarities and of differences between the different versions of the constitutions. These texts were all written in Latin, and so we are studying translations, which means that we are at one remove from the original. We are grateful to those who have allowed us to use their translations in this Unit. The fact of being in Latin means that a majority of sisters would in all probability not been able to read their constitutions, and in this period before the printing press, would certainly not have had ready access to the text. But through the custom of reading them and commentaries on them in Chapter and in refectory the sisters undoubtedly became familiar with them.
  • After this PART 4, we’ll study
  • PART 5 : Humbert of Romans - constitutions for all the nuns of the order
  • PART 6 : Early Legislation for Dominican Friars