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Women & the Crusades: guest post by Nan Hawthorne

Posted on Aug 4, 2011 in 12th century, crusades, guest post, hildegard of bingen, nan hawthorne, women's history | Comments Off

Women & the Crusades: guest post by Nan Hawthorne

Today’s guest post is by Nan Hawthorne, whose new novel Beloved Pilgrim explores the Crusade of 1101 from the perspective of a woman who went off to fight. During my own research of Hildegard von Bingen, I uncovered this short description of female crusaders from the Disibodenberg Chronicles, written by the monks of the abbey of Disibodenberg where Hildegard lived from the age of eight as a child anchorite: Not only men and boys, but many women also took part in this journey. Indeed females went forth on this venture dressed as men and marched in armour . . . –From the...

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