There is no published account of the history of religious women in England before the Norman Conquest. Yet, female saints and abbesses, such as Hild of Whitby or Edith of Wilton, are among the most celebrated women recorded in Anglo-Saxon sources and their stories are of popular interest. This book offers the first general and critical assessment of female religious communities in early medieval England. It transforms our understanding of the different modes of religious vocation and institutional provision and thereby gives early medieval women's history a new foundation.
Volume I - The Disappearance of Nuns from Anglo-Saxon England: Evidential and historiographical problems; Religious women in England before the first Viking Age; The disappearance of the early Anglo-Saxon nun; Women and the 10th-century monastic revolution; Widows and vowesses; A typology of congregations of women religious in later Anglo-Saxon England. Volume II - Female Religious Communities in England, 871-1066: Survey of female religious communities in England, 871-1066; Index of Anglo-Saxon charters.