Год издания: 2007
Издатель: Ashgate Pub Co
Количество страниц: 200
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Presenting a remarkable set of previously unpublished papers, this book concerns the bewitchment, possession and exorcism of two seventeenth-century nuns living in exile in an English convent in the Spanish Netherlands. The two women left behind an extensive set of personal writing that reveals unprecedented detail about their devotional lives and spiritual states before, during and after exorcism. Unlike other similar cases, here the women write for themselves; for the first time in 350 years this book allows their voices - and their silences - to resound in all their vibrancy. The language of the texts has been modernized to make the papers accessible to a wide range of readers, to expose in startling terms the nature of the women's experience and the ways in which female spiritual lives were constructed in the early modern era. An extensive introduction discusses the politics of piety and possession at a time when exorcism had become increasingly contentious, amidst conflicting...