Monastic poverty and material culture in Early Modern Italy

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This article discusses the meaning of material culture in early modern Italian convents. Although nuns were required to give up private property rights and embrace religious poverty, many of them brought into the convent a vast range of material objects and goods for their personal use. These goods could also be given away, exchanged, or lent to others within the monastic community and even outside it. By exploring the circulation of objects, money, and goods, we get an interesting picture of how female monastic institutions worked internally and interacted with the city. We also gain a better understanding of the role of objects in articulating religious discipline and regulating the networks of interpersonal relations within cloistered communities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
JournalThe Historical Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2004

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