This is the cover of "The Wisdom of the Beguines: The Forgotten Story of a Medieval Women's Movement" by Laura Swan. This book is reviewed by Kathleen Finley. (CNS photo/courtesy Blue Ridge Books)
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"The Wisdom of the Beguines: The Forgotten Story of a Medieval Women's Movement" by Laura Swan. Blue Bridge (Katonah, New York, 2014), 202 pp., $16.95.
The Beguines are a fascinating group of women, and the more one learns about them, the more intriguing they become. Benedictine Sister Laura Swan has written a book that is clear and not technical, accessible and balanced to those unfamiliar with these unique figures, while full of information for those who may already know something about them.
She presents the story of a group of women who not only defied the categories of the church and the state of the time, but who continue to blur them now in the telling of it.
Sister Swan explains about the movement that began in the 1200s: