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Stripping the Veil Convent Reform, Protestant Nuns, and Female Devotional Life in Sixteenth Century Germany

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Lingua: Inglese
Pubblicazione: 03/2022

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Protestant nuns and mixed-confessional convents are an unexpected anomaly in early modern Germany. According to sixteenth-century evangelical reformers' theological positions outlined in their publications and reform-minded rulers' institutional efforts, monastic life in Protestant regions should have ended by the mid-sixteenth century. Instead, many convent congregations exhibiting elements of traditional and evangelical practices in Protestant regions survived into the seventeenth century and beyond. How did these convents survive? What is a Protestant nun? How many convent congregations came to house nuns with diverse belief systems and devotional practices, and how did they live and worship together? These questions lead to surprising answers. Stripping the Veil explores the daily existence, ritual practices, and individual actions of nuns in surviving convents over time against the backdrop of changing political and confessional circumstances in Protestant regions. It also demonstrates how incremental shifts in practice and belief led to the emergence of a complex, often locally constructed, devotional life. This continued presence of nuns and the survival of convents in Protestant cities and territories of the German-speaking parts of the Holy Roman Empire is evidence of a more complex lived experience of religious reform, devotional practice, and confessional accommodation than traditional histories of early modern Christianity would indicate. The internal differences and the emerging confessional hybridity, blending, and fluidity also serve as a caution about designating a nun or groups of nuns as Lutheran, Catholic, or Reformed, or even more broadly as Protestant or Catholic during the sixteenth century.


1 - 1. 'No Better than a Brothel': Verbal Abuse, Removing Nuns, and the Destruction of Convents, 1520-1525
2 - 1. The Fight for Keys: Extending Secular Control Over Monastic Houses in an Age of Religious Uncertainty
3 - 1. Leaving the Convent? Nuns, Decision-Making, and the Persistence of Convent Congregations During the Early Reformation
4 - 1. New Habits: Negotiating Desacralization, Liturgical Space, and Convent Jurisdiction in Women's Religious Houses
5 - 1. 'Old, Stubborn Nuns': Secular Convent Reform between Imperial Politics and Freedom of Conscience After the Schmalkaldic War
6 - 1. The New Evangelical Nun: Monastic Investiture and Petitions for Convent Positions
7 - 1. Singing Hymns, Removing Madonnas: Devotional Culture in Mixed-Confessional Convent Congregations


Marjorie Elizabeth Plummer is the Susan C. Karant-Nunn Professor of Reformation and Early Modern European History in the Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies at the University of Arizona. She is co-editor of the Archive for Reformation History and the author of From Priest's Whore to Pastor's Wife: Clerical Marriage and the Process of Reform in the Early German Reformation. She has been a James K. Cameron fellow at St. Andrews University, a Solmsen fellow at the University of Wisconsin Institutes for Research in the Humanities, a William D. Loughlin member at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, and guest professor in the Interconfessionality in Early Modern Period research group at the University of Hamburg.

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Condizione: Nuovo
Collana: Studies in German History
Dimensioni: 243 x 26.0 x 162 mm Ø 726 gr
Formato: Copertina rigida
Illustration Notes:39 black and white figures/illustrations
Pagine Arabe: 384

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