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Flesh and SpiritAn anthology of seventeenth-century women's writing$
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Rachel Adcock, Sara Read, and Anna Ziomek

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719090233

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719090233.001.0001

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Gertrude More

Gertrude More

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(p.81) 3 Gertrude More
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Flesh and Spirit
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Rachel Adcock

Sara Read

Anna Ziomek

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719090233.003.0004

This chapter comprises an introduction to Gertrude More (1606-33), a Catholic nun who spent most of her life in exile in Cambrai at Our Lady of Comfort convent protected by Henrietta Maria, and her two posthumously published works: The Holy Practises of a Devine Lover or the Sainctly Ideots Devotions (1657) and The Spiritual Exercises of the Most Vertuous and Religious D. Gertrude More (1658). More was the great-great-granddaughter of Sir Thomas More. More's works, which are mostly prose but include several poems, demonstrate her piety and instruct all believers to engage in regular spiritual practices. They also include allusions to the Song of Songs, where More figures Christ as her divine lover, and these are explored in vivid, corporeal images.

Keywords:   Catholic, Nun, Devotional writings, Song of Songs, Imagery, Exile, Thomas More

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