Nuns as Historians in Early Modern Germany

Hardcover | November 14, 2003

byCharlotte Woodford

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The literary history of early modern German convents is a much neglected field. Nuns' writings were rarely printed and generally only read within their institution. In this study - the first to highlight the significance of this large body of writing - Charlotte Woodford provides an overviewof nuns' literary activities in this period, an examination of how the tradition of monastic history became established in convents, and the variety of ways in which it permitted women to express their creativity.Bringing together for the first time a significant collection of primary source material, Nuns as Historians in Early Modern Germany also includes a number of illuminating case studies, such as a biography of a fifteenth-century visionary, a prioress's diary, and an abbess's chronicle from theThirty Years' War. It also offers a valuable reassessment of Caritas Pirckheimer's memoirs, written during the Reformation.

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The literary history of early modern German convents is a much neglected field. Nuns' writings were rarely printed and generally only read within their institution. In this study - the first to highlight the significance of this large body of writing - Charlotte Woodford provides an overviewof nuns' literary activities in this period,...

Charlotte Woodford is a Fellow and College Lecturer, Selwyn College, Cambridge.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:246 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.75 inPublished:November 14, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199256716

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List of abbrievations1. Reading and writing in early modern German convents2. The function of early modern historiography written by nuns3. Caritas Pirckheimer's Denkwurdigkeiten in the context of convent historiography4. From history to autobiography: two accounts of the Thirty Years' War5. Historiography during the Thirty Years' War: The writings of Juliana Ernst and Elisabeth HeroldConclusionAppendixBibliographyIndex

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"Woodford provides a detailed analysis of little-known primary sources for understanding the lives of women religious in early modern Germany. Of interest to early modern scholars, especially those working on women's writing and local histories of the Reformation and Thirty Years' War. Containssubstantial amounts of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century German. For advanced students and faculty." --Religious Studies Review"A major contribution to the emerging literature on convent writing and historical narration in the German empire.... Woodford's meticulously researched study magnificently illuminates this unknown corpus of historical convent writing and ably delineates the nuanced approaches their authors adoptedtowards the past.... Woodfortd's study is an invaluable guide to German convent writing. Thanks to her efforts, scholars can now compare the works of these Catholic writers with similar histories in Protestant religious communities and with the religious writing of other early modernwomen."--Renaissance Quarterly