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Author Van Hyning, Victoria, author
Title Convent autobiography : early modern English nuns in exile / Victoria Van Hyning
Imprint Oxford : Published for the British Academy by Oxford University Press, 2019
book jacket
 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  BX4220.G7 V257 2019    AVAILABLE    30530001364082
Edition First edition
Descript xxviii, 388 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
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Series A British Academy monograph
British Academy monograph
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 342-376) and index
"Convent Autobiography reveals how English Catholic women wrote about themselves, their families, and their lives in a period where it was illegal to practice Catholicism in England. These nuns went into a two-fold kind of exile for their beliefs. They moved abroad and they "died to the world", trying to cut ties with family and friends. Yet their convents needed support from outsiders to thrive. The nuns studied here reveal how they navigated this through their letters, printed works, paintings, and prayers. Often times these women wrote anonymously, a common practice for nuns, monks, and devout people of many religious persuasions up until the twentieth century. But anonymity was not just a neutral way of signalling humility or deep religious belief; it could allow people to write about themselves a lot more than they would have while writing under their own name. Exploring how some nuns exploited this to shape their convent's chronicle around their own points of view, Convent Autobiography holds up a mirror to the think about the double-edged role of anonymity throughout history."
Subject Nuns' writings, English
Nuns' writings, English -- Case studies
Monastic and religious life of women -- England -- History -- 16th century
Monastic and religious life of women -- England -- History -- 17th century
Monastic and religious life of women -- England -- History -- 18th century
Catholics, English
Catholics, English -- Flanders
Catholics, English -- France
Catholics, English -- Belgium
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