The year wasand I had made this pilgrimage to deliver what I knew would be jarring news. I imagine the daughter she saw sitting across the table didn't match her stereotypical image of a lesbian, if she had one at all. I studied her face.
Growing up in a rural part of northern Brazil, she says her family was deeply Catholic and made it known that attending Mass was a requirement, not an option. In fact, because of the lack of priests in the area, her father would preach regularly to their local congregation. And, boy, did Dos Passos experience Catholicism.
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In the summer ofa desperate nun in the Roman convent of Sant'Ambrogio sent a letter to her kinsman, a bishop in the Vatican. She pleaded with him to rescue her, claiming that she had been the target of several poisonings and was in mortal danger. When her cousin the bishop answered her call and arrived at Sant'Ambrogio, he promised to rescue her and soon delivered on that promise.
I found Benedetta Carlim by chance, while leafing through an inventory of nearly forgotten documents in the State Archive of Florence. The entry in the inventory read: "Papers relating to a trial against Sister Benedetta Carlini of Vellano, abbess of the Theatine nuns of Pescia, who pretended to be a mystic, but who was discovered to be a woman of ill repute. Perhaps it was the title that intrigued me more than anything else: Miscellanea Medicea -- what odd and fascinating documents might be found there?
Brown, Judith C. By modern definitions Sister Benedetta was a lesbian, but that term would have little to no meaning to contemporaries of Sister Benedetta. She was the subject of two investigations by the provost of Pescia, Stefano Cecchi, and his inquiries into her personal and religious life resulted in her imprisonment within the Theatine convent until her death.
Benedetta Carlini — was a Catholic mystic and lesbian nun who lived in counter-reformation Italy. Judith C. Brown chronicled her life in Immodest Actswhich discussed the events that led to her significance for historians of women's spirituality and lesbianism, while Brian Levack has recently explained the events described as a form of religious theatre and dramaturgy which permitted women greater social and sexual agency than Baroque Catholic religious passivity usually permitted.
Jeanne Cordova was a pioneering lesbian feminist activist and ex-nun who shook the world by revealing lesbian life in the convent. She died on Jan. It is also one of the best-selling lesbian books of all time.
I'd spent my entire adult life in the convent. The year wasand I had made this pilgrimage to deliver what I knew would be jarring news. I studied her face.