“The Babylon of Brussels: Spiritual Controversies among English Benedictines, 1618 - 1642
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Join the WSU Humainties Center For a Brown Bag talk Given by Porfessor Jamie Goodrich of the English Department.
This talks abstract:
During the first half of the seventeenth century, a Benedictine convent for Englishwomen in Brussels experienced divisive clashes over spiritual direction that became the talk of Europe. Because these lengthy controversies involved sensational allegations of priestly seduction, murder, and more, later generations attempted to prevent any historical scrutiny of these events. Nonetheless, over a thousand texts related to the Brussels disputes remain scattered across Belgian, British, and Italian archives. After spending more than a decade locating and cataloguing these texts (which are written in Latin, English, French, and Dutch), I am in the final stages of preparing an edition and translation of selections from this corpus, in collaboration with Laurence Lux-Sterritt (Aix-Marseille Université). In this Brown Bag, I will tell the story of the Brussels Benedictines through excerpted highlights from our edition in progress. Prepare to be edified, entertained, and moved by these previously unheard voices of the past!
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Meeting ID: 924-2581-5409