Academic journal article Magistra

Mannock Strickland (1683-1744), Agent to English Convents in Flanders: Letters and Accounts from Exile

Academic journal article Magistra

Mannock Strickland (1683-1744), Agent to English Convents in Flanders: Letters and Accounts from Exile

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Mannock Strickland (1683-1744), Agent to English Convents in Flanders: Letters and Accounts from Exile. Edited by Richard G. Williams. The Catholic Record Society (by Boydell & Brewer) 2016. 341 pp., $90, ISBN 978-0-902832-30-5.

Mannock Strickland was a Catholic lawyer in England who served as an agent for three communities of religious women in exile after the Dissolution: the Augustinián Canonesses at St. Monica's in Louvain, the Dominicans at the Spellikans in Brussels, and Benedictines at Brussels and Dunkirk. Because of the loss of many convent archives during the French Revolution, Strickland's records provide a rare look at the life and business of these women.

Most interesting are the two hundred letters that describe their dealings. Since the purpose of the correspondence was to arrange transfers of money and property, it was necessary to describe many needs and concerns. …

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