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Contested Identities : Catholic Women Religious in Nineteenth-Century England and Wales, by Carmen M. Mangion

Heimann, Mary (2009) Contested Identities : Catholic Women Religious in Nineteenth-Century England and Wales, by Carmen M. Mangion. [Review]

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Abstract

This well-researched and densely packed scholarly study, developed from the author's doctoral thesis, does at least two important things. First—and, in this reviewer's opinion, successfully—it systematically uncovers, analyses and describes the internal workings of a large sample of Catholic women's religious communities in Victorian England, looking at such distinct aspects as women's motivations for entering a convent; the experience of the novitiate; class and ethnic tensions; and tussles over authority and governance. Following in the footsteps of Susan O’Brien, and drawing upon a wide range of diocesan and congregational archival materials, Carmen Mangion adds usefully to our knowledge of nineteenth-century English Catholic convents, outlining procedures, clarifying definitions and tabulating congregational growth. This aspect alone makes her book a valuable contribution to the field of English Catholic history.

Item type: Review
ID code: 33550
Keywords: catholicism, catholic church, catholic women, english history, Great Britain, History
Subjects: History General and Old World > Great Britain
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Humanities > History
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    Depositing user: Pure Administrator
    Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2011 15:09
    Last modified: 05 Sep 2014 10:53
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/33550

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