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Nuns as Historians in Early Modern Germany

Charlotte Woodford


Nuns as Historians introduces women's contributions to a discourse generally considered to be the province of men: history writing. It examines the tradition of history writing and chronicles in Catholic convents in the German Empire during the early modern period, which is overlooked even in most studies of monastic historiography. The study analyses a wide range of little-known primary sources from convents, some of which are only available in manuscript form. They include the Denkwürdigkeiten by the abbess Caritas Pirckheimer, a defence of her convent during the Reformation. Se ... More

Keywords: autobiography, chronicles, convents, counter reformation, historiography, nuns, Pirckheimer, reformation, thirty years' war

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199256716
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199256716.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charlotte Woodford, author
Selwyn College, Cambridge
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