English Convents in Exile, 1600-1800: Pt. II

English Convents in Exile, 1600-1800: Pt. II

General editor Caroline Bowden , Volume editor Katrien Daemen-de Gelder , Volume editor James E. Kelly , Volume editor Carmen M. Mangion , Assisted by Richard G. Williams , Assisted by Michael Questier , Assisted by Emma Major


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Between 1600 and 1800 around four thousand Catholic women left England for a life of exile in the convents of France, Flanders, Portugal and America. These closed communities offered religious contemplation and safety, but also provided an environment of concentrated female intellectualism. The nuns' writings from this time form a unique resource, documenting daily domestic and devotional pursuits, as well as issues of wider interest, such as record keeping, finance, national identity, transatlantic connections and the nature of exile. The majority of the documents in this six-volume collection are extremely rare and previously unpublished. Each volume is given over to a particular theme: history, spirituality, life writing, management and the outside world. Documents have been chosen to cover a range of monastic orders and are contextualized by headnotes, endnotes and volume introductions as well as by a full, overarching general introduction. The collection brings to light over a hundred testimonies previously unavailable to scholars and will be a key resource for those researching social and religious history or women's intellectual history of this period.

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  • Hardback | 1392 pages
  • 172.72 x 243.84 x 121.92mm | 2,585.46g
  • 31 Jan 2013
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Pickering & Chatto (Publishers) Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • 1848932154
  • 9781848932159
  • 1,530,622

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'make a major contribution to scholarship on early modern women's lives, religious views, and writings. This invaluable reference belongs on the shelves of academic and research libraries everywhere.' Early Modern Women Journal

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