The Sisters of the Common Life, the late medieval women whose devotion and piety are the subjects of my research, wrote accounts of the individual and communal virtues of the sisters in their communities. These are referred to as “Zusterboeken” or Sister Books, and were written in vernacular dialects of Middle Dutch or Middle Low German.

To explore select excerpts from the Sisters Books, which I have translated and made available online, please see this page:

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This image represents Beguines, another movement of medieval semi-religious women, and it is taken from Wikimedia Commons.