A Respite from Common-Life Reforms

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:
A Respite from Common-Life Reforms

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This chapter examines the slowing of reform at the Santa Clara Convent in Havana, Cuba, during the period from 1770 to 1782. The apparent lull in the pace of the Bourbon Reform program occurred during the decade-long interim between the fall of the Marqués de Esquilache in 1766 and the rise of José de Gálvez in 1776. During this period, the Clarist nuns continued to reject the common life and appeared to be in no hurry to reduce their numbers to ninety as prescribed in Franciscan Commissary General Plácido de Pinedo's 1767 regulation.

Keywords: convent reform; Santa Clara Convent; Havana; Cuba; Clarist nuns; Marqués de Esquilache; José de Gálvez; Plácido de Pinedo

Chapter.  5083 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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