Anna von Munzingen
Anna von Munzingen was a German prioress of the 14th century, who descended from a well known noble family at Freiburg. In 1318 she wrote a "chronicle" of the mystical experiences of her nuns in the work Adelhausen Schwesternbuch (Sister-book of the Adelhausen Covent). The text was originally composed in Latin, but only a Middle High German translation survives. The chronicle comprises a collection of thirty-seven biographies of the sisters, focussing on visions, theophanies and mystical experiences. Anna focussed entirely on the experiences of the women within the convent, emphasizing a sense of independence from the friars, whom many of the sisters resented. The work belongs to a genre known as sister-books, which was also known other from German convents of the period, including Christine Ebner and Katherina von Gebersweiler. Because nuns were not given the same privileges as friars to participate in sermon activities, this genre became ideal for women like Anna to express themselves in writing.
- Graeme Dunphy (2010). "Anna von Munzingen". In Graeme Dunphy (ed.). Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle. Leiden: Brill. p. 45. ISBN 90 04 18464 3.
- Hiram Kümper (2010). "Sisterbooks". In Graeme Dunphy (ed.). Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle. Leiden: Brill. pp. 1364–1367. ISBN 90 04 18464 3.
- Wilson, Katharina M.; Margolis, Nadia (2004). Women in the Middle Ages. London: Greenwood Press. pp. 34–35.
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