Nuns: A History of Convent Life, 1450-1700


Cloistered and inaccessible 'brides of Christ'? Nuns tells the fascinating stories of the women who have lived in religious communities. Drawing on the nuns' own words, Silvia Evangelisti explores how they came to the cloister, how they responded to monastic discipline, and how they pursued their spiritual, intellectual and missionary activities. The book looks not only at the individual stories of outstanding historical figures such as Teresa of Avila, but also at the wider picture of convent life, what it symbolised to contemporaries, how it reflected and related to the world beyond the cloister, and what it means in the world today.


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