Niewiasty z pastorałami : portrety ksień klasztoru benedyktynek ormiańskich we Lwowie: historia, konteksty, konserwacja
Keywords:Polish Armenians, Armenian-Catholic Church
WOMEN WITH CROSIERS: PORTRAITS OF THE ABBESSES OF THE ARMENIAN BENEDICTINE MONASTERY IN LWÓW/LVIV: HISTORY, CONTEXTS, CONSERVATION
There are two reasons why the history of the Armenian nunnery in Lwów in the Kingdom of Poland (now Lviv in Ukraine) are special. The first is the uniqueness of the forms of Armenian female monasticism, the second is the traditional role of women according to Armenian customs. Among Polish Armenians, in Kamieniec Podolski (Kamianets- Podilskyi), Jazłowiec (Yazlovets), and Lwów (Lviv), the idea of community organized by women was not easy to reconcile with the principle of male domination in family life, which was in force among Armenian immigrants to an incomparably higher degree than it was in Polish society. The first Armenian nuns in Poland were therefore completely subordinate to the authority of the elders of an ethnic commune, who even usurped the right to consent to the accession of new candidates. Even deaconesses—which the Armenian Church, unlike other Churches, retained from the times of early Christianity—did not gain an exceptional position (only two Armenian deaconesses are known from the territory of the Kingdom of Poland, both from the end of the 17th century).
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Słowo wstępne .......... 7
Biogramy założycielki i ksień benedyktynek ormiańskich we Lwowie .......... 11