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Gender and Politics in Early Modern Europe

English Convents in France and the Low Countries

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Claire Walker
    Pages 1-7
  3. Claire Walker
    Pages 173-177
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 178-247

About this book


This timely study analyses the seventeenth-century revival of monasticism by English women who founded convents in France and the Low Countries. Examining the nuns' membership of both the English Catholic community and the continental Catholic Church, it argues that despite strict monastic enclosure and exile, they nevertheless engaged actively in the spiritual and political controversies of their day. The book will add much to our understanding of women's power in early modern Europe, and offer an insight into a previously ignored section of English society.


gender seventeenth century women

About the authors

CLAIRE WALKER lectures in early modern European history at the University of Newcastle, Australia. She has published several articles on the post-Reformation English convents in leading journals and collections of essays.

Bibliographic information


'...Walker has broken new ground in early modern women's history.' - J. M. Pope, Choice