Convent Culture

Sharon Strocchia

in Renaissance and Reformation

ISBN: 9780195399301
Published online May 2010 | | DOI:
Convent Culture

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The study of women living in organized religious communities in late medieval and early modern Europe has emerged as a field in its own right, owing mainly to the growing interest in women’s history since the 1980s. Many of the questions and theoretical perspectives driving studies of convent life were first developed by feminist scholars working in the social sciences and various humanistic disciplines. The bulk of scholarship since the late 20th century has been dominated by Italy, which had the highest percentage of nuns relative to the lay population anywhere in Europe, and by investigations of nuns’ cultural activities.

Article.  7541 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945) ; Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy

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