Burdens of Sister Margaret, The by Craig Harline

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A noted historian recreates life in a seventeenth-century Belgian convent, offering a fascinating narrative based on recently discovered letters and documents, focusing on the trials of Sister Margaret, who accused a chaplain of sexual harassment.

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CRAIG HARLINE, a professor of history at Brigham Young University, is the author of" A Bishop's Tale,"" The Burdens of Sister Margaret," and" Miracles at the Jesus Oak," His research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, the American Council of Learned Societies, and other granting agencies. He lives in Orem, Utah.
Published July 1, 1994 by Doubleday. 359 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Religion & Spirituality, Travel. Non-fiction

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Harline (History/Brigham Young Univ.) has amassed rare evidence from a convent in the Spanish Netherlands to show that, during the Catholic Counter Reformation, religious life was ``shaped by debate...rather than established forever by arbitrary proclamations from on high.'' Toward this end, he o...

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Harline thoughtfully delineates the tensions and conflicts, including the sexual harassment charges brought by Sister Margaret against the convent's Father Confessor, showing that some of Sister Margaret's burdens were startlingly modern ones.

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