Divas in the Convent
Nuns, Music, and Defiance in Seventeenth-century Italy


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Divas in the Convent
Nuns, Music, and Defiance in Seventeenth-century Italy

by Craig A. Monson (Author)



ISBN: 9780226535197


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When eight-year-old Lucrezia Orsina Vizzana (1590-1662) entered one of the preeminent convents in Bologna in 1598, she had no idea what cloistered life had in store for her. This title retells the story of Vizzana and the nuns of Santa Cristina to elucidate the role that music played in the lives of these cloistered women.

Monson explains how the sisters - refusing to accept what the church hierarchy called God's will and what the nuns perceived as a besmirching of their honor - fought back with words and music, and when these proved futile, with bricks, roof tiles, and stones. These women defied one Bolognese archbishop after another, cardinals in Rome, and even the pope himself, until threats of excommunication and abandonment by their families brought them to their knees twenty-five years later. By then, Santa Cristina's imaginative but frail composer literally had been driven mad by the conflict. Monson's fascinating narrative relies heavily on the words of its various protagonists, on both sides of the cloister wall, who emerge vividly as imaginative, independent-minded, and not always sympathetic figures. In restoring the musically gifted Lucrezia Orsina Vizzana to history, Monson introduces readers to the full range of captivating characters who played their parts in seventeenth-century convent life.


ISBN 226535193
ISBN13 9780226535197
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Format Paperback
Publication date 12/06/2012
Pages 280
Weight (grammes) 386
Published in United States
Height (mm) 229
Width (mm) 152