Reinhild (fl. 8th c.)

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Reinhild (fl. 8th c.)

Flemish nun and artist. Flourished in the 8th century in Maasryck, Flanders.

Reinhild, one of many medieval nuns who expressed themselves artistically, lived at the convent of Maasryck in modern-day Flanders, in the region north of France then called the Low Countries. In the 8th century, Catholic convents were still relatively independent places of scholarship; Reinhild was extremely well educated at Maasryck. She became famous for her learning and for her artistic abilities, primarily as a painter but also for her beautiful cloth designs. She was also reported to be highly skilled in copying and illuminating manuscripts.

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