A Social History of the Cloister: Daily Life in the Teaching Monasteries of the Old Regime

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 2001 - History - 379 pages
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In The Social History of the Cloister Elizabeth Rapley goes beyond the monastic rulebooks, legal and notarial records, and memoirs of famous women who passed through monastery doors to the chronicles, letters, and other little-known writings produced by nuns for and about themselves. Working from these accounts, Rapley is able to provide a far more complex picture of women who, as a whole, were much less otherworldly than the older convent literature would have us believe, much less thwarted and unhappy than their detractors have long maintained, and much less irrelevant than some historians have assumed. She chips away at the dehumanizing stereotypes that have often been used to describe these nuns to show the essential humanity of these women.
 

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Contents

The Nuns and Their World
13
The Monastic System and
29
The Dilemmas of Obedience
49
Jansenist Nuns in the Wake
64
The Decline of the Monasteries
78
Aftermath
96
Clausura and Community
111
Poverty Chastity
130
Prehistories
148
Novices
164
The Servants of the Brides of Christ
182
Of Death and Dying
198
The Institut
219
The Pensionnat
234
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Page 363 - Histoire de la persécution religieuse dans les diocèses de Quimper et de Léon, de 1791 à 1801, par M. l'abbé Joseph-Marc Téphany. Quimper, de Kerangal, 1879, in-8° br.

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Elizabeth Rapley is adjunct professor of history at the University of Ottawa, and the author of The Dévotes: Women and Church in Seventeenth-Century France.

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