Kathleen Ann Myers

in Neither Saints Nor Sinners

Published in print August 2003 | ISBN: 9780195157239
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849680 | DOI:

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Two key periods in time and two geographical centers framed the lives of the women discussed in this book. The first was Lima, Peru, in the early 1620s. It was there that America's most lauded saint, Rosa de lima, and one of America's most officially approved sinners, Catalina de Erauso, tuned into their respective paths to sanctity or notoriety. The setting for the lives of Catarina de San Juan, María de San José, and Sor Inés de la Cruz was New Spain in the late 1680 and early 1690. The only exception was Ursula Suaárez who wrote from Chile, and that there was no trace of a subsequent biographical rescripting of her life. The women and their clerical counterparts demonstrate how a single spiritual model, the perfecta religiosa, could produce a multiplicity of lives, life symbols, and their identities.

Keywords: New World; spiritual model; perfecta religiosa; New Spain; Lima; vida

Chapter.  1912 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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