A woman who lived in a religious community, but without the sanction or regulation of the Church.
Related term(s): Beguinage; Nun; Convent; Monastic; Abbey; Abbess
Category: Western Christianity
Contributor(s): Natalie Kohout
Source information: Hollister, C. Warren and Judith M. Bennett. Medieval History: A Short History. 9th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2002.
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