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Between Exaltation and InfamyFemale Mystics in the Golden Age of Spain$
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Stephen Haliczer

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195148633

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195148630.001.0001

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A Counter‐Reformation Childhood

A Counter‐Reformation Childhood

(p.146) 7 A Counter‐Reformation Childhood
Between Exaltation and Infamy

Stephen Haliczer (Contributor Webpage)

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Families during the Counter‐Reformation were characterized by intense piety and harsh discipline. Frequently motivated by economic restraints, parents subjugated children to a home life resembling the convent where strict religiosity and punishment were enforced and deprivation far outweighed affection. This context provided a psychological breeding ground for young girls to escape into a world of religious fantasy and mystical experience.

Keywords:   abuse, children, discipline, hagiography, parents, piety, visions

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