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Chapter Sixteen The Manual For The Young Ones By Jan De Wael (1510): Pastoral Care For Religious Women In The Low Countries

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The Manual for the Young Ones by Jan De Wael is a unique source which offers a complete insight into the pastoral care and life of a female community in late medieval Low Countries. Jan de Wael confessor of the community of tertiaries of St Agnes in Amersfoort, took pastoral care very seriously. He fulfilled not only his daily practice as confessor, but he produced a series of treatises tailored to the spiritual needs of the community he was shepherding. This chapter sheds some light on the intended recipients of the treatise, the tertiaries of the convent of St Agnes in Amersfoort, and its author, Jan de Wael. After a discussion of the position of Manual in Jan de Waels textual production, it investigates the educational project described in the Manual with a specific stress on the relevance of reading and writing activities for the spiritual development of the sisters.

Keywords: confessor; Jan De Wael; Manual for the Young Ones; pastoral care; religious women; spiritual development; St Agnes



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