Journals Higher Education



Published: 11 December 1986

224 Pages

ISBN: 9780195042252

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Immodest Acts

The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy

Judith C. Brown

Studies in the History of Sexuality

The discovery of the fascinating and richly documented story of Sister Benedetta Carlini, Abbess of the Convent of the Mother of God, by Judith C. Brown was an event of major historical importance. Not only is the story revealed in Immodest Acts that of the rise and fall of a powerful woman in a church community and a record of the life of a religious visionary, it is also the earliest documentation of lesbianism in modern Western history.