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Author Hallett, Nicky.

Title Lives of spirit : English Carmelite self-writing of the early modern period / Nicky Hallett
Published London ; New York : Routledge, 2016
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Description 1 online resource (vii, 299 pages)
Series Early modern Englishwoman, 1500-1750. Contemporary editions
Early modern Englishwoman, 1500-1750. Contemporary editions
Contents 1. The inspiration to compose : burial in oblivion and the miraculous discovery of an incorrupt body -- 2. Anne of the Ascension, first prioress at Antwerp -- 3. Teresa of Jesus Maria, Sister of Anne of the Ascension : her career and remarkable death -- 4 Margaret of St Francis : the holy simplicity of a lay sister at Antwerp and Lierre -- 5. Anne of St Bartholomew : her sight of the infant Jesus handing out sugar-plums, and the remarkable discovery of her uncorrupted body -- 6. Catherine of the Blessed Sacrament : the vocation of a 'poor imperfect religious' who relished patched clothing -- 7. Anne of St Teresa : her career at various convents, her terror about an apparition and her instructions for the enclosure of a convent -- 8. Agnes of St Albert : her overwhelming sense of vocation that led her to break into the convent -- 9. Clare of the Annunciation and Delphina of St Joseph : two religious linked by marvellous events -- 10. Anne of St Maria and Tecla of St Paul : childhood friends in religion, one a favourite of the king -- 11. Anne of the Angels : her grand entrance and clothing -- 12. Paula of St Joseph and Alexia of St Winefrid, two of Anne Somerset's entourage : a sudden death whilst whitewashing and the life of a little mouse -- 13. Anne of St Bartholomew and Mary Teresa of Jesus : their entries at an advanced age -- 14. Francisca of the Blessed Sacrament : her near abduction as a child and her later seduction by witchcraft -- 15. Mary Frances of St Teresa : the instigator of the Antwerp lives, a treasure of the community, drawn to her vocation by reading -- 16. Teresa Joseph of the Sacred Heart of Jesus : her father, like a jealous lover, resists her Teresian vocation -- 17. Clare Joseph of Jesus Maria : her dreams and spiritual favours; and her appearance to another religious in a vision -- 18. Mary Margaret of the angels : her conversion from Protestantism by reading books of controversy; and her death from gangrene -- 19. Winifred of St Teresa : her miraculous recovery as a child; her life and death as a lay sister -- 20. Anne Maria Joseph of St Xaveria : the widowed sister of Catherine Burton -- 21. Mary Joseph of St Teresa : the life and death of the first compiler, who knew her vocation at a country dance and who left loving instructions for her sisters -- 22. Teresa de Jesus and Ann Joseph of the Ascension : two lives of mutual care -- 23. Mary Magdalen of St Joseph : her dramatic journey from Maryland, her Teresian vocation, and her cure from rheumatism -- 24. Mary Xaveria of the Angels : her mental affliction in which she fancied herself to be a priest and excommunicated the bells -- 25. Mary of St Barbara : the life of an oblate from the coffee-house -- 26. Angela Maria of St Joseph : her early life in which she almost dies of malnutrition; and her seduction to become a Carmelite after which she once drank her own urine in an act of misplaced obedience -- 27. Mary Margaret of the Angels : her journey from Maryland in which she almost falls in love with a young gentleman; her burial as the convent is threatened by imperial edict -- 28. Mary Xaveria of the Angels : her illness, miraculous cure and her spiritual favours before and after death -- 29. Mary Margaret of the Angels : the discovery of her incorrupt body and the writing of her life -- 30. Margaret of St Teresa, the first prioress at Lierre : her early sense of vocation and progress towards a religious life; her skill in resolving conflicts; her devotion to Anne of the Ascension and her death in which she is no longer wrinkled or crooked -- 31. The lives of the Mostyn family -- 32. The lives of the Bedingfield family -- 33. Mary Gertrude of the Annunciation : an impediment in her head, her early vocation and subsequent afflictions -- 34. Mary Magdalen of Jesus and Agnes Maria of St Joseph : their double deaths and burial -- 35. Mary Terease of Jesus : her vision of her mother, all in white, on her way to heaven -- 36. Anne Teresa of Jesus : a colonel's daughter, scrupulous in saving time when she met with her brother; mortified in sleepiness, and a lover of poverty after whose death from leprosy singing was heard -- 37. Marie Teresa of St Albert : a lay sister of extraordinary strength, a lover of solitude who sat in the trees -- 38. Teresa Maria of Jesus, Mary of St Joseph and Elizabeth Ursula of the Visitation : three religious of extraordinary humility : who ate scraps, were sparing in their use of candle and pen, and who did servants' work -- 39. Anne Therese of the Presentation, Anna Maria of St Joseph and Joseph Teresa of the Purification : three lay sisters who learned the English manner of cooking -- 40. Mary Rose of the Sacred Heart of Jesus : her dramatic journey from Maryland and her death, after which she continued to sweat
Notes Originally published 2007 by Ashgate Publishing
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-279) and index
Subject Carmelites -- Biography.
Discalced Carmelite Nuns -- Biography.
Discalced Carmelite Nuns.
Church history -- 17th century.
Church history -- 18th century.
Monastic and religious life of women.
Monasticism and religious orders for women -- Biography
Church history.
Monastic and religious life of women.
Monasticism and religious orders for women.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1315592762