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Lesbianism (!) at the Convent

16 mins | May 29, 2018

Mother Superior Benedetta Carlini was a well-respected nun in seventeenth century Italy. That is until the revelation that she was having sexual relations with another woman at the convent had her hard- earned but fragile status taken away. Hannah Steinkopf-Frank, writing in JSTOR Daily, details the transgressive life of a remarkable woman, and speaks to Judith Brown, a historian who faced obstacles of her own when writing her 1986 book ‘Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy’.

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From JSTOR Daily