A Social History of the Cloister Hardback

Daily Life in the Teaching Monasteries of the Old Regime

by Elizabeth Rapley;

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A Social History of the Cloister

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In The Social History of the Cloister Elizabeth Rapley goes beyond the monastic rulebooks, legal and notarial records, and memoirs of famous women who passed through monastery doors to the chronicles, letters, and other little-known writings produced by nuns for and about themselves. Working from these accounts, Rapley is able to provide a far more complex picture of women who, as a whole, were much less otherworldly than the older convent literature would have us believe, much less thwarted and unhappy than their detractors have long maintained, and much less irrelevant than some historians have assumed. She chips away at the dehumanising stereotypes that have often been used to describe these nuns to show the essential humanity of these women. A Social History of the Cloister is a study of life in teaching convents across France through two hundred years of history, a history that provided the beginnings and inspiration for most of today's institutions for the Catholic education of girls.

A Social History of the Cloister by Elizabeth Rapley was published by McGill-Queen's University Press in January 2001. The ISBN for A Social History of the Cloister is 9780773522220.

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Details for A Social History of the Cloister

Page last updated 29th June 2017
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherMcGill-Queen's University Press (January 2001)
Number of Pages376
Thickness33 mm
Height228 mm
Width154 mm
Product Code1194097
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