SISTERS IN ARMS is the first definitive history of Catholic nuns in the Western world. Unfolding century by century, this epic drama encompasses every period from the dawn of Christianity to the present. "An engrossing and challenging work . . . McNamara gives us a history of women's rights--and the lack of them--by focusing on religious women since the birth of Christ. . . . "--Antonia Fraser, NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW.