Caritas Pirckheimer: A Journal of the Reformation Years, 1524-1528
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200 Pages

21.6 x 13.8 cm

Series: Library of Medieval Women

Imprint: D.S.Brewer

Caritas Pirckheimer: A Journal of the Reformation Years, 1524-1528

Translated by Paul A. MacKenzie

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Caritas Pirckheimer was the abbess of St Clare's in Nürnberg. Her Journal depicts her struggle against the city council's attempts to reform and close her nunnery.

Considered by Erasmus to be one of the most learned women in Germany, Caritas Pirckheimer was also termed the German Sappho by Celtis, the Poet Laureate of Germany. Caritas had been tutored in Latin, became acquainted with Albrecht Dürer, and read the newly-discovered works of Hrotswitha von Gandersheim. She is best known for her Journal of the Reformation, which she compiled while abbess of the convent of St. Clare's as an historical record of herconflict with the Nürnberg City Council. Consisting of commentaries and letters written by her and to her in 69 chapters, the Journal also represents a defence of her convent and of her Roman Catholic faith during the advent of Lutheranism, when the City Council attempted to pressure her convent into accepting religious reforms and her nuns to renounce their vows and leave the convent. It records a unique moment in western European religious historyand in her own life. Most importantly, in the history of early modern literature by women, it stands as a defence of equal rights and the individual's right to choose.
"A valuable addition to the by now well established Library of Medieval Women series. [...] Will be greatly appreciated by scholars and students in the overlapping fields of religious studies, women's studies and history." REVUE D'HISTOIRE ECCLESIASTIQUE

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Title Details

200 Pages

2.16 x 1.38 cm

Series: Library of Medieval Women

Imprint: D.S.Brewer