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By Anne Jacobson Schutte

ISBN-10: 0801449774

ISBN-13: 9780801449772

An unwilling, determined nun trapped within the cloister, not able to achieve unencumber: such is the picture that endures at the present time of monastic lifestyles in early sleek Europe. In By strength and Fear, Anne Jacobson Schutte demonstrates that this and different universal stereotypes of involuntary consignment to spiritual houses-shaped by way of literary resources comparable to Manzoni's The Betrothed-are badly off the mark.

Drawing on documents of the Congregation of the Council, held within the Vatican Archive, Schutte examines approximately 1000 petitions for annulment of monastic vows submitted to the Pope and adjudicated by way of the Council in the course of a 125-year interval, from 1668 to 1793. She considers petitions from Roman Catholic areas throughout Europe and some from Latin the United States and reveals that, in approximately part those situations, the congregation reached a call. many girls and a smaller percentage of fellows obtained what they requested for: decrees nullifying their monastic occupation and liberating them from non secular homes. Schutte additionally reaches vital conclusions approximately family members among elders and offspring in early glossy households. opposite to the image historians have painted of more and more much less patriarchal and extra egalitarian households, she unearths quite a few circumstances of fathers, moms, and different family members (including older siblings) using actual violence and mental strain to compel kids into "entering religion." Dramatic stories from the information exhibit that many sufferers of such violence remained so intimidated that they dared no longer petition the pope until eventually the brokers of strength and worry had died, in which time they themselves have been middle-aged. Schutte's cutting edge publication might be of significant curiosity to students of early smooth Europe, in particular those that paintings on faith, the Church, relations, and gender

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