Thursday, May 26, 2011

Get Thee To...The Continent

"Painted Life," Mary Ward and Companions
An interesting database is now available - Who were the Nuns? A Prosopographical study of the English Convents in exile 1600-1800.  It is interests me, not only because it is fun to say the word "prosopographical," but because one can locate Catholic county communities.  Thus, selecting region Monmouthshire and searching for surname with wildcards (A*, B*, C*, etc.), turns up some 32 nuns with links to that "Welsh Lancashire," including an Antwerp Carmelite, known as Anne of the Angels, born in Monmouth in 1613 to the Hon. Anne Russell, and fathered by Henry Somerset 1st marquess of Worcester (Philip Jenkins, "'A Welsh Lancashire?' Monmouthshire Catholics in the Eighteenth Century," Recusant History 15, 3 (1980): 176-88; Newton E. Key and Joseph P. Ward, “‘Divided into Parties’: Exclusion Crisis Origins in Monmouth,” English Historical Review 115, 464 (2000): 1159-83).

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