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From the Publisher"…Kuhns does a workman-like job of taking readers back to the habit's early origins, through its myriad medieval variations and up to its conflicted present."
"The author evenhandedly offers historical context and careful explanations . . . This readable overview is recommended for public and academic libraries."
"A revelatory work that 'opens the nun’s closet doors for the first time,' then scans the contents for all their historical and symbolic associations."
"…the door to the sister's closet has swung open..."
"…Elizabeth Kuhns' book about the history and culture of the habit is a sheer delight, wonderfully informative…."
--The Catholic Review
"An original, informative and engaging work…."
--The Catholic Advocate
"Fascinating details fill the book…."
--Our Sunday Visitor
"A welcome and important contribution to the literature on a sensitive subject that often inspires more heat than light."
--Margaret Susan Thompson, Professor of History, Syracuse University
"Elizabeth Kuhns’ readable account chronicles the development of the habit, while pointing to the important witness of the veil in the future.... Bravo."
--Raymond Arroyo, News Director, EWTNews
From the Hardcover edition.