Convents, Clausura and Cloisters

Religious Women in Late Medieval Rome and Latium

Angelica Federici
Collana: I libri di Viella. Arte
Pubblicazione: Settembre 2022
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Literature on late medieval nunneries in Rome and Latium is sparse. This book attempts to fill this gap, by offering an overview on conventual settlements in the region between the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries.

Through the analysis of different source materials this publication presents an in depth analysis of thirteen case studies, some of which are still largely unknown. It is this combination of the well-studied and unstudied that makes this a valuable overview of the region’s nunneries. By contextualising nunneries in a historical, artistic and social framework it becomes apparent that convents were culturally defining agents.

Convents, Clausura and Cloisters will shed new light on this fascinating topic, and will be a resource to support further investigations.

  • Preface
  • 1. Major Themes
    • 1. Space, Gender and Politics: Reframing the Female Religious Experience
    • 2. Contemporary Readings of the Cloister
    • 3. Idealised Realities: The Onset of Nunneries in Rome
  • 2. Roman Nunneries
    • 1. Female Power and Prestige: The Extraordinary Case of Sant’Agnese fuori le Mura
    • 2. Icons in Clausura: Domenico Guzmán and the Nuns at San Sisto Vecchio
    • 3. Assisi in Rome? Clare’s Influence at Santi Cosma e Damiano in Mica Aurea
    • 4. Baronial Authority and Identity in Rome: The Colonna at San Silvestro in Capite
    • 5. Interpreting Medieval Vestiges: Rediscovering San Lorenzo in Panisperna
    • 6. Comparing Roman Conventual Communities in Context: A Few Considerations
  • 3. The Benedictines in Latium
    • 1. Forlorn Latium: Medieval Nunneries in the Region
    • 2. Women’s Place and Space: Introducing Benedictine Art and Architecture
    • 3. Between Rome and Naples: Artistic Presence at Santa Maria del Monacato, Castrocielo
    • 4. Rediscovering Forgotten Identities: San Luca, Guarcino
    • 5. Hidden Gems: San Pietro, Montefiascone
    • 6. Off the Beaten Tracks: Sant’Angelo di Orsano, Trevi nel Lazio
    • 7. Comparing Benedictine Conventual Communities: A Few Considerations
  • 4. The Mendicants in Latium
    • 1. Game Changers and Puzzling Absences: The Ascent of the Clarissans in Latium
    • 2. Female Patronage or Baronial Intervention? San Sebastiano, Alatri
    • 3. Shedding New Light on Neglected Sites: San Michele Arcangelo, Amaseno
    • 4. A New Manifesto for the Mendicant Order: San Pietro in Vineis, Anagni
    • 5. Treasures under Water: The Nunnery of Santa Filippa Mareri, Borgo San Pietro
    • 6. Comparing Clarissan Conventual Communities: A Few Considerations
  • Epilogue
  • Appendix
    • Benedictine Convents in Latium (ca. 1200-1400)
    • Clarissan Convents in Latium (ca. 1200-1400)
  • Bibliography
  • Index of Names
  • Index of Places

In copertina: Borgo San Pietro di Petrella Salto, Nunnery of Santa Filippa Mareri, grilled window. Museo del Monastero di Santa Filippa Mareri.

Angelica Federici

Angelica Federici is research fellow at the Università degli Studi di Roma Tre, with a Digital Humanities project on the convent of Sant’Agnese fuori le mura in Rome. Prior to joining Roma Tre she obtained her PhD from the University of Cambridge.

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