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.
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