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Private Lives in Common Spaces

John J. Clune

in Cuban Convents in the Age of Enlightened Reform, 1761–1807

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032177
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038308 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813032177.003.0003
Private Lives in Common Spaces

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This chapter examines the origins of convent reforms at the Santa Clara Convent in Havana, Cuba, which had been a target of reformers for more than a century. It explains that the crown's decision to involve itself in the internal affairs of the Clarist community in Havana was precipitated by a quarrel between the nuns and their regular male superiors, justified by a negative report originating with a secular prelate. It also discusses the history of failed reform at Santa Clara, the royal response to reports of corruption, and the Franciscan solution to charges of corruption at Santa Clara.

Keywords: convent reforms; Santa Clara Convent; Havana; Cuba; Clarist community; nuns; secular prelate; corruptions

Chapter.  4688 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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