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Brides of ChristConventual Life in Colonial Mexico$
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Asuncion Lavrin

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804752831

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804752831.001.0001

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Brides of Christ
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This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this volume which is about convent life in colonial Mexico. This volume examines the rules that governed nunneries and analyzes the daily and personal life of the nuns in convents in Mexico City ad Puebla. It investigates the rewards the nuns expected to receive or believed they had received and explains that the phrase “brides of Christ” refers to those who could stand the rigor of a disciplined life without sex and devote themselves not only to their own personal salvation, but also to help and benefit others with their prayers.

Keywords:   convent life, colonial Mexico, nuns, Mexico City, Puebla, brides of Christ, disciplined life, life without sex, personal salvation, prayers

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