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Nuns behaving badly : tales of music, magic, art, and arson in the convents of Italy

Author: Craig Monson
Publisher: Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Witchcraft. Arson. Going AWOL. Some nuns in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Italy strayed far from the paradigms of monastic life. Cloistered in convents, subjected to stifling hierarchy, repressed, and occasionally persecuted by their male superiors, these women circumvented authority in sometimes extraordinary ways. But tales of their transgressions have long been buried in the Vatican Secret Archive. That is,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Craig Monson
ISBN: 9780226534619 0226534618
OCLC Number: 587209538
Description: xvi, 241 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Dangerous enchantments: what the inquisitor found, San Lorenzo (Bologna, 1584) --
Spinsters, silkworms, and a flight in Flagrante, San Niccolo di Strozzi (Reggio Calabria, 1673) --
Perilous patronage: generosity and jealousy, Santa Maria Nuova (Bologna, 1646-80) --
Slipping through the cracks: a convent's porous walls, Santa Maria degli Angeli (Pavia, 1651-75) --
Nights at the opera: the travels and travails of Christina Cavazza, Santa Cristina della Fondazza (Bologna, 1708-35).
Responsibility: Craig A. Monson.

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Some nuns in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Italy strayed far from the paradigms of monastic life. In this book, the author resurrects forgotten tales and restores to life the long-silent voices  Read more...

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"Monson, a... self-proclaimed 'archive mouse,' happily scurries into this forgotten repository, retrieving tales of sororal transgressions, which range from affairs to arson." (New Yorker) "Nuns Read more...

 
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