All Saints Sisters of the Poor: An Anglican Sisterhood in the Nineteenth Century

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This book introduces readers to the life of a Victorian religious community, both within the privacy of the convent and in its work in the wider world, based on documents preserved by the Society of All Saints Sisters of the Poor. It begins by using the memoirs of first-generation members of the community, a colourful and human introduction to the Anglican 're-invention' of monastic life in the second half of the nineteenth century. The section on government includes the power struggles between the sisters and ...
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Overview

This book introduces readers to the life of a Victorian religious community, both within the privacy of the convent and in its work in the wider world, based on documents preserved by the Society of All Saints Sisters of the Poor. It begins by using the memoirs of first-generation members of the community, a colourful and human introduction to the Anglican 're-invention' of monastic life in the second half of the nineteenth century. The section on government includes the power struggles between the sisters and the religious establishment, and the community's determination to retain its identity after the death of the mother foundress. The sisters nursed with the newly-formed Red Cross in the Franco-Prussian War, work recorded in a diary which discusses the difficulties and dangers of Victorian front-line nursing. Most of all, the documents reveal the challenges and excitement of the struggle to establish a women's community, to be unfettered in their work with the poor and suffering, and to govern themselves, in a world dominated by men largely hostile to their aspirations. SUSAN MUMM is lecturer in religious studies at the Open University, Milton Keynes.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780851157283
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/3/2001
  • Series: Church of England Record Society , #9
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
A Note on Editorial Principles
Introduction
Pt. I Recollections of the Society's Early Years
1 Memories of Sister Caroline Mary 3
2 Memories of Church Life 46
3 Memories of an Old Woman 53
Pt. II Government
1 The Rules of 1855 and 1859 67
2 The Statutes 88
3 Chapter 105
4 Letters on Vows 166
Pt. III Life and Training
1 Rules for the Mistress of Novices 179
2 Notes on the Novices' Rules and Regulations 181
3 Rules of Visitors and Outer Sisters 198
Pt. IV Work
1 The Franco-Prussian War Diary 207
Bibliography 271
Index 275
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