Mannock Strickland (1683-1744)

November 2016
6 black and white illustrations
430 pages
21.6x13.8 cm
Catholic Record Society: Records Series
ISBN: 9780902832305
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Catholic Record Society
BISAC HIS037050, HIS010020, REL086000

Mannock Strickland (1683-1744)

Agent to English Convents in Flanders. Letters and Accounts from Exile

Edited by Richard G. Williams

An invaluable collection of primary sources for the study of eighteenth-century convent life.
Between 1728 and 1744 the Catholic lawyer Mannock Strickland (1673-1744) acted as agent for English nuns living on the Continent, including St Monica's, Louvain, the Brussels Dominicans and the Dunkirk Benedictines. Most convent archives perished at the French Revolution, but Strickland's papers survived in the archives of Mapledurham House, Oxfordshire, offering a unique insight into the workings of English convents. These extraordinary documents reveal the reality of exile for a group of formidable yet vulnerable women, "doubly dead" to English law. Two hundred letters tell stories of hardship, isolation, severe winters, war, starvation, Jacobite intrigue and international finance. They show that convent bursars became skilled at playing international exchange markets yet remained at the mercy of unscrupulous investors.
The letters are presented here with full notes; a thorough introduction sets the letters, cash day books, bills of exchange and other documents in context.

Richard G. Williams is Librarian and Archivist of Mapledurham House; he has also held senior posts at the University of Warwick, Imperial College London, Birkbeck College London and at Yale University.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Letters
Part II: Accounts
Part III: Abstracts of Bills of Exchange and Other Documents


Williams' detailed explanations of contemporary banking and foreign exchange practices, however, provide perhaps the most valuable resource for a full understanding of the nuns' accounts - explanations that will be of use to scholars more widely. INNES REVIEW

For historians of the exile religious communities and scholars of early eighteenth-century legal and economic studies, this volume is a rich resource to be discovered and exploited from a range of perspectives. JOURNAL OF ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY

This book is a helpful primary resource for viewing the day-to-day life of British religious after their exile. MAGISTRA

Provides a perspective on the lives of those living in the Flanders convents.which will inform scholarship on English female monasticism for some time to come. DOWNSIDE REVIEW

Will be of use to scholars interested in post-Reformation Catholicism and the exiled religious orders, while also appealing to those working more generally in economic, political and legal history. ARCHIVES

This book gives what must surely be the most detailed picture yet of what was involved in keeping English Roman Catholic religious houses on the continent afloat in the century and a half before Catholic Emancipation.... It is a major work of scholarship, which should bring this important archive to wider attention. ARCHIVES & RECORDS

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