Virgins of Venice: Enclosed Lives and Broken Vows in the Renaissance Convent

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A portrait of 16th and 17th century Italian convent life, set in the vibrant culture of late Renaissance Venice. Early 16th century Venice had 50 convents and about 3,000 nuns. In this book Mary Laven provides an insight into the nuns hidden world. Far from being places of religious devotion, the convents were often little more than dumping-grounds for unmarried women from the upper ranks of Venetian society. Often entering a convent at seven years old, these young women remained emotionally and socially attached to their ...

Virgins of Venice: Enclosed Lives and Broken Vows in the Renaissance Convent 2003, Penguin Books Ltd, London

ISBN-13: 9780140298291

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Virgins of Venice: Enclosed Lives and Broken Vows in the Renaissance Convent 2002, Viking, London

ISBN-13: 9780670896356

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