Nuns as Historians in Early Modern Germany
The literary history of early modern German convents is a much neglected field. Nuns' writings were rarely printed and generally only read within their institution. This book provides an overview of nuns' literary activities in this period, an examination of how the tradition of monastic history became established in convents, and the variety of ways in which it permitted women to express their creativity. This book also includes a number of illuminating case studies, such as a biography of a 15th-century visionary, a prioress's diary, and an abbess's chronicle from the Thirty Years' War. It also offers a valuable reassessment of Caritas Pirckheimer's memoirs, written during the Reformation.
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