medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture
I've been leafing through Coredon and Williams' Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases (it seems to apply primarily, if not almost entirely, to documents from the British Isles) and came across a cross reference from "beguine" to "mulierculae", the latter being defined as "The 'little women"' whom students at Oxford c. 1250  were forbidden to have or keep in their lodgings. - Cf. Beguine."  Does any of the eruditi/ae happen to know the source for this? and was this the usage on the continent, too, for beguines ?  In at least early medieval continental sources  mulierculae  is simply a rather dismissive way of referring to laywomen.
Bernadette Filotas
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