By Marilyn Oliva
Convents have been a big a part of medieval monastic lifestyles, yet in simple terms now, with the upsurge of curiosity in women's historical past, are they commencing to obtain the eye they deserve. the existing view has been that lady monasticism used to be bankrupt, spiritually and socially in addition to financially, yet Professor Oliva exhibits the truth to were another way. In her learn of the 11 lady monasteries within the diocese of Norwich among 1350-1540, the convents come to be quintessential elements of the neighborhood social and non secular panorama, with nuns extra energetic within the area people than their male opposite numbers, and markedly extra well liked by parish gentry and yeoman farmers (as their wills prove). the vast majority of nuns are proven to were from those parish gentry households, now not from the higher gentry or aristocracy as has been notion, and the files in their energetic lives, so rewardingly tested the following, display mobility in the nunnery too, the lifestyles of a `career ladder' allowing nuns to growth to extra very important and prestigious family workplaces.