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Mirrors of Heaven or Worldly Theaters?Venetian Nunneries and Their Music$
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Jonathan E. Glixon

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190259129

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190259129.001.0001

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The Nuns of Venice and the Lagoon

The Nuns of Venice and the Lagoon

(p.1) Chapter 1 The Nuns of Venice and the Lagoon
Mirrors of Heaven or Worldly Theaters?

Jonathan E. Glixon

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a history of nuns in Venice and its lagoon, including a discussion of secular and ecclesiastical regulation of nuns by the designated magistracy, the Provveditori sopra Monasteri, and the Patriarch of Venice and Bishop of Torcello, the nuns’ relationship with the outside world, and efforts to reform their behavior. It explores the role of nuns in Venetian society, focusing on the significant majority who were from the ruling patrician class and the effects of this factor on their musical lives. The physical layout of nunneries is considered, as are internal governance, finances, and record-keeping. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the methodology the author developed for dealing with the large number of institutions over several centuries for which the archives are often very fragmentary.

Keywords:   Provveditori sopra Monasteri, reform, convent finances, archives

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