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February 26, 2011

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Paula

Haven't read the book yet, but I will say that if I had been a woman in that time I probably would have preferred the convent. Beginning in the middle ages, the convents (early ones were called the "beguines") were actually the best opportunities for women - they had access to education, certain freedoms they wouldn't have had in marriage, and only had to deal with a few men (the priests). I'm sure there were many Umilianas in every walk of life, just like there are now!

Paula

btw - what church/convent is pictured in this post?

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