Nuns' Chronicles and Convent Culture in Renaissance and Counter-Reformation Italy
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of Pages: 454
Width: 18.4 cm
Height: 25.4 cm
This well-illustrated book analyses convent culture in sixteenth-century Italy through the medium of three unpublished nuns' chronicles. The book uses a comparative methodology of 'connected differences' to examine the intellectual and imaginative achievement of the nuns, and to investigate how they fashioned and preserved individual and convent identities by writing chronicles. The chronicles themselves reveal many examples of nuns' agency, especially with regard to cultural creativity, and show that convent traditions determined cultural priorities and specialisms, and dictated the contours of convent ceremonial life.
'... splendid in its objectivity, allowing its primary sources to speak for themselves ... Professor Lowe is much to be commended on the thoroughness of her study. This is historical writing at its best: focused, colourful, vibrant.' Art Newspaper 'K. J. P. Lowe's Nun's Chronicles and Convent Culture in Renaissance and Counter-Reformation Italy is a truly impressive work that reflects the wide range and depth of its author's knowledge of Renaissance and Counter-Reformation Italian culture. Lowe does a fine job of bringing these neglected writings to life, and into a context which invites further imaginative engagement with these nun's lives.' Reformation ' ... important and richly nuanced ...'. Journal of Ecclesiastical History