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Hadewijch of Antwerp
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lived in the first half of the 13th century in Brabant and, along with Beatrice of Nazareth (1200–1268), is considered the first female author from the Netherlands. Nothing is known of her life; she may have been the leader of a community of Beguines. She was acquainted with texts by Bernard of Clairvaux, William of Saint-Thierry and Richard of St. Victor. In her Strofische Gedichten (Strophic Poems), she transformed profane into mystical love lyrics. In addition, she wrote visions, letters and rhymed letters (Mengeldichten). Her work exhibits parallels with my…

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Faesen, Rob, “Hadewijch of Antwerp”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_09191>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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