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Nuns and Nunneries in Renaissance Florence

Strocchia, Sharon T. (Fellow, 1998-99)

Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2022

From the publisher's description:

The 15th century was a time of dramatic and decisive change for nuns and nunneries in Florence. In the course of that century, the city’s convents evolved from small, semiautonomous communities to large civic institutions. By 1552, roughly one in eight Florentine women lived in a religious community. Historian Sharon T. Strocchia analyzes this stunning growth of female monasticism, revealing the important roles these women and institutions played in the social, economic, and political history of Renaissance Florence.


Subjects: History; Gender and Sexuality;; Nuns; Monasticism; Italian Renaissance; Women's History; Convents;