Miracles and misery: Nuns' narratives of psychic and spiritual violence in sixteenth-century France
Broomhall, Susan. (2016) Miracles and misery: Nuns' narratives of psychic and spiritual violence in sixteenth-century France. In Violence and Emotions in Early Modern Europe pp. 97 - 110 Taylor & Francis Inc..
In 1567, Françoise de Bourdeille, abbess of the convent of Ligueux in the Périgord, composed a memoir submitted to the Official of Poitiers. More than 20 years had passed since she had first entered monastic life but Bourdeille’s account documented her anguish, anxieties and fears about both her mind and soul, the result of a profession into contemplative life which she argued had been forced upon her. Now she demanded that Church authorities recognize her narrative of long-standing coercion and pressure from family and friends, and the damage it had wrought on her, in order to release her from monastic vows.
|Page range||97 - 110|
|Book title||Violence and Emotions in Early Modern Europe|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis Inc.|
|Place of publication||London|
|Research Group||Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences|
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