Nuns: A History of Convent Life

Paperback | October 8, 2008

bySilvia Evangelisti

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Praised in The Atlantic Monthly as an "engrossing narrative," Nuns tells the fascinating stories of the women who have lived in religious communities during some of the most tumultuous years in European history. Drawing particularly on the nuns' own words, Silvia Evangelisti reveals theirideals and achievements, frustrations and failures, and their attempts to reach out to the society around them. She explores how they came to the cloister, how they responded to monastic discipline, and how they pursued their spiritual, intellectual, and missionary activities. Indeed, nuns oftenfound a way to contribute to their communities by creating charities and schools, while a few exceptional women made names for themselves for their artistic talents or for establishing new convents. This book features the individual stories of some of the most outstanding historical figures,including Teresa of Avila, who set up over seventeen new convents. Evangelisti shows how these women were able to overcome some of the restrictions placed on women in their societies at large. In doing so, she provides a fascinating and rarely seen glimpse into their intriguing world.

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Praised in The Atlantic Monthly as an "engrossing narrative," Nuns tells the fascinating stories of the women who have lived in religious communities during some of the most tumultuous years in European history. Drawing particularly on the nuns' own words, Silvia Evangelisti reveals theirideals and achievements, frustrations and failur...

Silvia Evangelisti is Lecturer in Early Modern History in the School of History at the University of East Anglia. She has published widely on women and gender history in both English and Italian, looking especially at female religious life in the early modern period.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 8.4 × 5.4 × 0.7 inPublished:October 8, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199532052

ISBN - 13:9780199532056

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsList of FiguresIntroduction1. On Nuns and Nunneries2. Cloistered Spaces3. Voices from the Cloister4. Theatre and Music5. The Visual Arts6. Expansion: Nuns across the Globe7. Open Communities for WomenEpilogueNotesBibliographyPhotographic AcknowledgementsIndex

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"Ithis is an elegantly argued, highly readable history of women whose lives have, until recently, remained shrouded beneath fears and prejudices." --Julie Wainwright, The Monday Book, The Independent 11/06/2007