The English Convents in Exile, 1600-1800: Communities, Culture and Identity (Catholic Christendom, 1300-1700)

The English Convents in Exile, 1600-1800: Communities, Culture and Identity (Catholic Christendom, 1300-1700)

By: James E. Kelly (author), Caroline Bowden (editor)Hardback

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In 1598, the first English convent was established in Brussels and was to be followed by a further 21 enclosed convents across Flanders and France with more than 4,000 women entering them over a 200-year period. In theory they were cut off from the outside world; however, in practice the nuns were not isolated and their contacts and networks spread widely, and their communal culture was sophisticated. Not only were the nuns influenced by continental intellectual culture but they in turn contributed to a developing English Catholic identity moulded by their experience in exile. During this time, these nuns and the Mary Ward sisters found outlets for female expression often unavailable to their secular counterparts, until the French Revolution and its associated violence forced the convents back to England. This interdisciplinary collection demonstrates the cultural importance of the English convents in exile from 1600 to 1800 and is the first collection to focus solely on the English convents.

About Author

Caroline Bowden is Research Fellow and former Project Manager of the 'Who were the Nuns?' project funded by the AHRC at Queen Mary, University of London, and has published a number of papers on women's education and learning and the English convents in exile. James E. Kelly is post-doctoral fellow at Durham University's Centre for Catholic Studies, Project Manager of the 'Nuns' project at Queen Mary's and researches post-Reformation Catholic history in Europe and Britain.


Contents: Introduction, Caroline Bowden, James E. Kelly and Michael C. Questier; Part I Communities: From community to convent: the collective spiritual life of post-Reformation Englishwomen in Dorothy Arundell's biography of John Cornelius, Elizabeth Patton; Essex girls abroad: family patronage and the politicization of convent recruitment in the 17th century, James E. Kelly; Missing members: selection and governance in the English convents in exile, Caroline Bowden. Part II Culture: Authorship and Authority: The literary lives of nuns: crafting identities through exile, Jenna D. Lay; Naming names: chroniclers, scribes and editors of St Monica's Convent, Louvain, 1631-1906, Victoria Van Hyning; Translating Lady Mary Percy: authorship and authority among the Brussels Benedictines, Jaime Goodrich; Barbara Constable's Advice for Confessors and the tradition of medieval holy women, Genelle Gertz; Shakespeare's sisters: Anon and the authors in the early modern convents, Nicky Hallett. Part III Culture: Patronage and Visual Culture: Petitioning for patronage: an illuminated tale of exile from Syon Abbey, Lisbon, Elizabeth Perry; Parlour, court and cloister: musical culture in English convents during the 17th century, Andrew Cichy; Cloistered images: representations of English nuns, 1600-1800, Geoffrey Scott. Part IV Identity: Archipelagic identities in Europe: Irish nuns in English convents, Marie-Louise Coolahan; Divine love and the negotiation of emotions in early modern English convents, Laurence Lux-Sterritt; Avoiding 'rash and imprudent measures': English nuns in revolutionary Paris, 1789-1801, Carmen M. Mangion; Select bibliography of secondary sources; Index.

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  • ISBN13: 9781409450733
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 336
  • ID: 9781409450733
  • weight: 784
  • ISBN10: 1409450732

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