Today’s entry appears on the Guardian Books Blog, and is about fictional nuns, a really fascinating subject to some of us. This is a part of it:
Once you start looking at nuns in history from a modern perspective, there comes a whole new topic – was it actually fun being a nun? Of course there must have been an unknown percentage of women closed up against their will, but it's rewarding to examine the idea that being a nun wasn't that bad an option in earlier times. In fact, dare we say it, was it the feminist choice? Look what they missed: a nun was free from the horrors and dangers of childbirth and the rigours of unwanted marriage. Often they could pursue an interest in medicine, horticulture, art or music. They didn't have to wear corsets or attract men …
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Nuns have featured on the blog several times: This entry and this one – by the same author under a different name, the Jane Haddam mentioned in the piece. Sleuth nun Sister Agnes is here, and the Devils of Loudon here. One of Kate O’Brien’s sturdy women characters is going to become a nun, and Disraeli’s Sybil looks like a nun but isn’t one.
Call the Midwife is here, and Spark's Symposium here.
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