A Voice of Their Own. Women's Spirituality in the Middle Ages.

Universitat de Barcelona

Embark on a captivating journey through the spiritual experiences of medieval women with the MOOC, A Voice of Their Own. Women's Spirituality in the Middle Ages. This comprehensive course offers a unique opportunity to delve into the profound impact and unique role of women in medieval spirituality.

Uncover the extraordinary stories of women such as Hildegard of Bingen, Clare of Assisi, and Marguerite Porete as you explore their significant contributions to the spiritual transformations of the Middle Ages. From founding monastic movements and orders to shaping spiritual landscapes, these women's voices continue to resonate powerfully in the present.

  • Discover the dawn of a new spirituality and the birth of nunneries in the Middle Ages.
  • Explore the daily rhythm and the role of books and archives in nunneries.
  • Delve into the visionary world of Hildegard of Bingen and the courtly mysticism of the Trobairises of God.
  • Uncover the voices of dissent and the role of women in movements such as Catharism and the Guglimites.
  • Gain insights into spiritual landscapes, monasteries, and reconstructing female spaces.

Join us in this thought-provoking exploration of women's spirituality in the Middle Ages and be inspired by the enduring validity of their voices.

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Course Modules

Explore the profound influence of medieval women in A Voice of Their Own. Women's Spirituality in the Middle Ages, as you journey through modules that cover the dawn of new spirituality, daily life in nunneries, female mysticism, dissenting voices, and spiritual landscapes.

A Voice of their Own: Introduction

Delve into the origins of female monasticism in the Middle Ages, the new mysticism, and the impact of female spirituality on territory and the city.


Uncover the spread of Cistercian nunneries, the role of lay benefactors, and the influence of founding queens in medieval nunneries.

The Space Within: Female Mysticism in the Middle Ages

Explore the visionary world of Hildegard of Bingen, courtly mysticism, and the spiritual school of Helfta, as well as the meditations of Isabel de Villena and Birgitta of Sweden.


Discover the female side of Catharism, the role of women among the Poor of Lyons, and the inquisitors' stance on women in dissenting movements.


Gain insights into female medieval spaces, the observant reformation, and the role of women in monasteries and nunneries in the Middle Ages.

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