Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Sister Bartolomea Riccoboni, Life and Death in a Venetian Convent: The Chronicle and Necrology of Corpus Domini, 1393-1436

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Sister Bartolomea Riccoboni, Life and Death in a Venetian Convent: The Chronicle and Necrology of Corpus Domini, 1393-1436

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Bornstein, Daniel (Ed. and Trans.). Sister Bartolomea Riccoboni, Life and Death in a Venetian Convent. The Chronicle and Necrology of Corpus Domini, 1393-1436. [The Other Voices in Early Modern Europe.] (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. 2000. Pp. xxvii, 115. $16.00 paperback.)

"The other voice," of European culture presented by the translations in this series is the voice of women. As documents by and about women in historical Christianity have increasingly become part of the historical record, our understanding of how Christianity grew and changed over the centuries has taken some interesting twists and turns. This translation of a chronicle of the powerful Dominican house of Corpus Domini,Venice, is an excellent example of how another voice changes the texture of the song. The Chronicle and Necrology of the community recorded by Sister Bartolomea Riccoboni over three decades at the turn of the fifteenth century are surprisingly worldly documents. For example, although the Necrology does tell some stories of the mystical raptures of the members of the community, the Chronicle instead focuses on the patronage of powerful families and the careers of supportive priests who befriended them. …

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