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Female Monasticism in the Balkans from 14th Till the End of the 18th Century


Authors:
Atanaska Stamboliyska Regional Museum of History – Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Pages: 570-584

Abstract:

For the existence of women monasteries we lack sources, unlike men monasteries, for which we have plenty of written, archaeological and hagiographical data. Relying mainly on the written sources – building and gravestone inscriptions, bead-rolls and marginal notes – I will try to examine the existence of female monasticism in the territory of the Balkan Peninsula from the period of Christianization till the end of the 18th c. (using the above-mentioned sources). Despite some separate mentions of nuns, it could be traced back through the sources that the development of female monasticism in the Balkans was not interrupted from the period before the Ottoman conquest till the end of the 18th c.

Keywords:

female monasticism, nuns, Ottoman Balkans.

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