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By P. Renee Baernstein

strength frequently operates in unusual and outstanding methods. With A Convent Tale, Renee Baernstein uncovers a few of the nuanced tools cloistered ladies devised to exert their service provider. within the culture of Simon Schama and Steven Ozment, Baernstein makes use of the compelling tale of a unmarried extended family, the Sfondrati, to refashion our figuring out of the early smooth interval. displaying the nuns as neither helpless sufferers nor valiant rebels, yet average beings maneuvering as most sensible they can inside limits set by way of category, gender and tradition. Baernstein writes opposed to the tendency to depict girls as inactive pawns, and exhibits that even in the convent partitions, nuns have been empowered through ties with their (often earthly) households and actively concerned about the politics of the interval. either an important contribution to scholarship on gender, relations and faith in early glossy Europe, and a colourful well-told story of Renaissance intrigue, A Convent Tale is bound to draw a variety of educational and common readers.

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