Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy (Studies in the History of Sexuality)

Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy (Studies in the History of Sexuality)

Judith C. Brown


the invention of the interesting and richly documented tale of Sister Benedetta Carlini, Abbess of the Convent of the mum of God, by way of Judith C. Brown used to be an occasion of significant historic significance. not just is the tale printed in Immodest Acts that of the increase and fall of a strong girl in a church group and a list of the lifetime of a non secular visionary, it's also the earliest documentation of lesbianism in smooth Western heritage.
Born of well-to-do mom and dad, Benedetta Carlini entered the convent on the age of 9. At twenty-three, she started to have visions of either a spiritual and erotic nature. Benedetta used to be elected abbess due mostly to those visions, yet later aroused suspicions via claiming to have had supernatural contacts with Christ. throughout the process an research, church specialists not just came across that she had faked her visions and stigmata, yet exposed proof of a lesbian affair with one other nun, Bartolomeo. the tale of the connection among the 2 nuns and of Benedetta's fall from an abbess to an outcast is published in strangely candid archival files and retold the following with a great experience of drama.

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