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Nuns' Chronicles and Convent Culture in Renaissance and Counter-Reformation Italy

Nuns' Chronicles and Convent Culture in Renaissance and Counter-Reformation Italy

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  • Date Published: January 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521621915

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  • Analyzing convent culture in sixteenth-century Italy through the medium of three unpublished nuns' chronicles, this study examines the nuns' intellectual and imaginative achievements to determine how they preserved individual and convent identities by writing chronicles. The chronicles reveal many examples of the nuns' achievements, especially with regard to cultural creativity, and demonstrate that convent traditions ultimately determined the cultural priorities that dictated convent ceremonial life.

    • Makes an original approach to the intellectual and imaginative world of sixteenth-century Italian nuns
    • Employs a wide range of unpublished material from Venice, Florence and Rome
    • Illustrated with many images from the literary and artistic heritage of sixteenth-century Italy
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    "The book adds much to the fields of religious, women's and early modern social and cultural history. More specifically, readers of this work will emerge with a deeper appreciation of the richness and complexity of convent life in this period." American Historical Review, Monica Chojnacka

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2004
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521621915
    • length: 454 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 184 x 35 mm
    • weight: 1.066kg
    • contains: 42 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. History Writing and Authorship:
    1. The creation of chronicles: contents and appearance
    2. The authors of the chronicles
    Part II. Historical and Cultural Context:
    3. The convents and physical space
    4. Nuns and convent communities
    5. Rules and traditions
    Part III. Chronicles and the Culture of Convent Identity:
    6. The chronicles and ceremonial life
    7. Cultural creativity and cultural production
    8. Convents and art

  • Author

    K. J. P. Lowe, Goldsmiths, University of London
    Kate Lowe is Reader in the Department of Historical and Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College, University of London.

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