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

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

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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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  • Publisher: Pickering & Chatto (Publishers) Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 1392 pages
  • Dimensions: 173mm x 244mm x 122mm | 2,585g
  • Publication date: 31 January 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1848932154
  • ISBN 13: 9781848932159
  • Sales rank: 1,509,717

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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 The majority of the documents in this six-volume collection are extremely rare and previously unpublished.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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'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

Table of contents

Set II Volume 4: Life Writing II 'Short Colections of the beginings of our english monastery of Teresians In Antwerp with some few perticulars of our dear deceased religious' Volume 5: Convent Management Part I: Finance Income: Poor Clares: 'Letter from Mary Gough Poor Clares explaining their financial situation and asking for assistance'. Augustinians: 'Benefactors' Book' and 'the Easter Part'; 'Acts of the Council of the Canonesses Regulars of St Augustin's Order Established upon the ancient fosse of St Victor in Paris'. Benedictines: 'Accounts, 1717-1740'. Bridgettines: 'Statements Regarding a pension'. Expenditure: Benedictines: 'The Receipts, Disbursements and Debts of our Monastery, from the year 1599 to 1736'. Augustinians: 'Acts of the Council of the Canonesses Regulars of St Augustin's Order Established upon the ancient fosse of St Victor in Paris'. Benedictines: 'Accounts, 1715-1743'. Benefactors' Book: Carmelites: 'Receipt and Benefactors' Book'. Agents: Augustinians and Dominicans: 'Strickland Papers'. Part II: Governance, Leadership and Authority Practical Convent Management and Leadership: Carmelites: 'Ceremonial - The Office of the Reverend Mother Prioress'. Poor Clares: 'Instructions about Archives'. Benedictines: 'The foundation of Bullogne written by my Lady Mary Knatchbull'; 'Instructions for Superiors'. Carmelites: 'Observances (1650)'; 'About a Superior'. Elections and Related Matters: Benedictines: Elections and Vows of Abbesses; Resignation of Anne Forster (1682). Obituaries of Superiors: Poor Clares: Obituaries from the Gravelines Chronicle. Benedictines: 'Obituary Book'. Carmelites: 'Obituary of Mary Brent'. Abbesses' Letters: Augustinians: 'Prioress Lucy Herbert's last letter to the Community (1744)'; 'Letters from Lady Lucy Herbert to Sir Francis Fortescue about the profession of Frances Huddleston (1727)'. Benedictines: 'Letter from Abbess Marina Beaumont to the English Chapter' (1670). Management Structure: Augustinians: Chapter Books; Council Books Selection and Formation of Candidates for the Novitiate: Carmelites: 'The Manner of bringing up Novices (1751)'. Benedictines: Letters from the Abbess Regarding Professions. Problems in Governance - Disputes: Poor Clares: Chronicle of the Gravelines Poor Clares; 'The Dispute at the Conceptionist convent, Paris' (1675) Volume 6: The Convents and the Outside World Part I: Polemics Protestant Polemical Pamphlets of the Late Jacobean Period: Thomas Robinson, The Anatomie of the English Nunnery at Lisbon in Portugall (1622); John Gee, New Shreds of the Old Snare (1624). Eighteenth-Century Polemics: Convents Rejected and Proposed: A Letter to a Virtuous Lady, to Dissuade her from her Resolution of being a Nun (1686). Satirical Images: The Discipline of a Nunnery (1779); A Nun confessing her past Follies to Father Sly-Boots (1794). Popular European Satire in English: The Cloisters Laid Open, or, Adventures of the Priests and Nuns (1770); The amorous friars: or, the intrigues of a convent (1759). Nuns, Methodism and the Church of England: Extracts from Samuel Foote, The Minor (1760); Israel Pottinger, The Methodist a comedy; being a continuation and completion of the plan of The minor, written by Mr. Foote (1761). Nuns in Polite Culture: Joseph Addison, Spectator (Friday, 7 September 1711); John Langhorne, The letters that passed between Theodosius and Constantia; after she had taken the veil (1763); Anne Fuller, The convent: or, the history of Sophia Nelson (1786); Catharine Selden, The English Nun. A novel (1797); Emily Clark, Ermina Montrose; or, the cottage of the vale (1800). Nuns and History: John Adams, Woman. Sketches of the history, genius, disposition, accomplishments, employments, customs and importance of the fair sex, in all parts of the world (1790). Gordon Riots and After: Letter from 'PHILO-BRITANNICUS', London Chronicle (20-22 July 1780); Excerpt from Gazeteer and New Daily Advertiser (1 June 1780); Mother Hilda [Haigh] IBVM, 'A Short History of St Mary's Convent, York' (1911) Part II: American Connections Connections between Europe and America before Independence: Letters from Sisters Elizabeth Clare and Monica Clare Hagan' (1773); 'From Sisters Elizabeth Clare and Monica Clare Hagan at the Poor Clares, Rouen' (1783); 'From Sister Teresa Hagan to Father John Bolton' (1785); 'Monica Clare Hagan in Rouen to Father John Bolton in Maryland' (1785); 'Teresa Hagan to Father John Bolton' (1786). Foundation of Port Tobacco: 'Account of the foundation'; Letters from De Villegas d'Estainbourg (1790); The European Benefactors. Journey to America: 'Quittance for Clare Joseph Dickinson' (1790). Property on Board: 'Agreement between Father Charles Neale and Alexander McDougall the owner and captain of the ship taking the party to America' (1790); 'The Voyage to America' (1790); 'Copy of a letter from Mother Bernadina Teresa Matthews, Prioress of the convent at Port Tobacco to the confessor at Hoogstraten'. Early Years at Port Tobacco: Port Tobacco Profession Book; 'Letter to Mother Bernadina Matthews from Mr Jenkins' (1791); Spiritual Text: 'The Secrets of a Religious Life'; 'A distribution of time for Summer' (1801); 'How beds were to be made'; 'Letter from Prioress Clare Joseph Dickinson to John Carroll' (1801). Obituaries of Founders: Two versions of the life of Charles Neale written by Clare Joseph Dickenson; Obituaries of Bernadina Teresa Matthews and Clare Joseph Dickenson. Carmelites: Letters from England: 'Letters from Sister Teresa Cowdrey from Lanherne to Port Tobacco, 1794-1802'. Reports of the Foundation from Europe: 'Letter of Mary Louisa Hagan' (1791); 'From Sister Ann Luisa Hill to Dr John Carroll' (1790); 'Letter from Mary Aloysia Houseman to Father Charles Neale in Maryland' (1791). Part III: The French Revolution, the French Revolutionary Wars and the Return to England: Benedictines of Paris: 'An Account of the Community during the French Revolution'. Augustinians of Paris: 'Diurnal'. Poor Clares: Rouen Chronicles, Book III. Augustinians of Bruges: 'an account of the Austin nuns travels from Bruges to England - the year 1794'. Carmelites of Antwerp: 'Account of the nuns coming to England'. Poor Clares of Aire: Correspondence of the Conyers Family. Selected Correspondence from the Archives Nationales, Paris, France.