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

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

by Susan Mumm
     
 

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…  See more details below

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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 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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Their early legacy (captures) the reader's imagination and, by Mumm's well-selected archival study, makes an invaluable contribution to women's religious history. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW A valuable addition to the volumes of the Church of England Record Society.... It aims to give 'a snapshot of one of the earliest and most important Anglican communities' in its formative years, and does it very well. JNL OF ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780851157283
Publisher:
Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date:
05/03/2001
Series:
Church of England Record Society, #9
Pages:
310
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

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