Classics in Spirituality, May 1, 2023: A Ninth-Century Woman’s Spirituality

Classics in Spirituality is a regular feature of Cobblestone’s programming. This program is scheduled on first Monday of each month (unless the first is a holiday) at 11 a.m. to noon. This year the series continues to be presented via Zoom; please contact us ( to receive the Zoom link. Videos of most past programs (since fall 2020) are posted on our Vimeo channel.

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A Ninth-Century Woman’s Spirituality
with Dr. Cullen Chandler

Program Description:

It is rare to know about medieval women through their own words. This is especially the case for the centuries before the year 1000. Fortunately, we have the “Handbook” by the noblewoman Dhuoda, who lived in France in the early to middle decades of the ninth century. The “Handbook” is a sort of guide to spiritual and worldly self-improvement for Dhuoda’s son, sent to live at the court of the king at age 14. The book is full of lessons distilled from the Bible and Christian religious authorities, and its tone reflects Dhuoda’s maternal concern for her son as he navigates his way as an aristocratic young man in an age of civil war and turmoil.”

Presenter: Dr. Cullen Chandler is Professor of History and Director of the Lycoming Scholars program at Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA. His teaching area is the ancient and medieval history of Western Civilization, taken to mean Europe, the Mediterranean basin, and Western Asia..

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