ERIC Number: EJ695168
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul
Reference Count: 79
Community Space and Cultural Transmission: Formation and Schooling in English Enclosed Convents in the Seventeenth Century
History of Education, v34 n4 p365-386 Jul 2005
In the first seventy five years of the seventeenth century twenty two enclosed convents for English women were founded in exile where more than 1950 women were professed. In order to lead the strict religious life following the requirements of the Council of Trent for enclosure for women religious, these foundations required specialised buildings constructed behind high walls. At first, the fledgling communities made do with what was available adapting domestic buildings for religious purposes. Gradually as they acquired funds they were in a position to build for themselves. The rules they adopted required adherence to complex regulations regarding the use of space. However in practice circumstances often presented difficulties. This paper discusses the complexities revealed in conventual sources for senior officers in the convents negotiating their way through such difficulties while at the same time initiating new members into conventual life.
Descriptors: Females, Catholics, Nuns, Womens Education, Refugees, European History, Organizational Culture, Buildings, Space Utilization, Compliance (Psychology), Foreign Countries
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Identifiers - Location: Belgium; France; United Kingdom (England)