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English Benedictine Nuns in Exile in the Seventeenth Century
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English Benedictine Nuns in Exile in the Seventeenth Century: Living Spirituality

Laurence Lux-Sterritt


Between 1598 and 1800, an estimated 3, 271 Catholic women left England to enter convents on the Continent. This study focuses more particularly upon those who became Benedictines in the seventeenth century, choosing exile in order to pursue their vocation for an enclosed life. Through the study of a wide variety of original manuscripts, including chronicles, death notices, clerical instructions, texts of spiritual guidance, but also the nuns’ own collections of notes, this book highlights the tensions between the contemplative ideal and the nuns’ personal experiences. Its first four chapters ... More

Keywords: Catholicism, Early modern, Convents, Nuns, Emotions, Senses

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781526110022
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526110022.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laurence Lux-Sterritt, author
Aix-Marseille University