Life and Death in a Venetian Convent

The Chronicle and Necrology of Corpus Domini, 1395-1436

Sister Bartolomea Riccoboni

Life and Death in a Venetian Convent

Sister Bartolomea Riccoboni

Edited and Translated by Daniel Bornstein
142 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2000
Paper $28.00 ISBN: 9780226717890 Published June 2000
Cloth $64.00 ISBN: 9780226717883 Published June 2000
E-book $10.00 to $28.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226717906 Published November 2007
These works by Sister Bartolomea Riccoboni offer an intimate portrait of the women who inhabited the Venetian convent of Corpus Domini, where they shared a religious life bounded physically by the convent wall and organized temporally by the rhythms of work and worship. At the same time, they show how this cloistered community vibrated with news of the great ecclesiastical events of the day, such as the Great Western Schism and the Council of Constance.

While the chronicle recounts the history of the nuns' collective life, the necrology provides highly individualized biographies of nearly fifty women who died in the convent between 1395 and 1436. We follow the fascinating stories that led these women, from adolescent girls to elderly widows, to join the convent; and we learn of their cultural backgrounds and intellectual accomplishments, their ascetic practices and mystical visions, their charity and devotion to each other and their fortitude in the face of illness and death.

The personal and social meaning of religious devotion comes alive in these texts, the first of their kind to be translated into English.

Introduction to the Series
Introduction- A Small World: The Venetian Convent of Corpus Domini
The Chronicle of Corpus Domini
The Necrology of Corpus Domini
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