"Were Hroswitha with us today, we would all look to her for counsel and guidance"

 

Hroswitha of Gandersheim
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Hroswitha of Gandersheim (also known as Roswitha, Hrosvit or Hrostvit) was a 10th century Benedictine canoness who wrote plays that are considered to have been unique at the time and which are seen as bridging the gap between classical stage drama and the miracle and morality plays of the medieval era. In contrast to the licentious work of the Roman playwright Terence, whose style she emulates, these plays explore the theme of chastity as a sanctifying spiritual force. Just the sort of influence that Ignatius feels is missing from the modern world.