Nuns a-plenty

Obsessed with nuns? Looking for good research sources? Or just interested in a good read with ecclesiastical flair? The New Yorker Magaine's Book Bench looks at seven essential books about nuns.

Included in the seven books reviewed are:

  • Hildegard von Bingen, twelfth-century German Benedictine abbess, “Scivias.”
  • Benedetta Carlini, seventeenth-century Italian Theatine abbess, “Immodest Acts: the Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy,” by Judith C. Brown.
  • Teresa D’Avila, sixteenth-century Spanish Carmelite, “The Interior Castle.”
  • Heloise d’Argenteuil, twelfth-century French Benedictine abbess, “The Letters of Abelard and Heloise.”