- "By the end of the 16th century, something like half of all reasonably well-born Italian women were in convents."
- An "abbess... had two children by the landowner next door and, when a serving nun discovered her secret, battered her to death with a shovel and had her body thrown down the well."
- ...And then the success stories: "women exploring profound states of spirituality, copying and illustrating manuscripts, composing plays, arranging and even writing music."
Dunant encourages historians and novelists to provide many perspectives on one historical event - what she describes as being similar to "the thousands of dots used in a Pointillist painting to build a full picture."
And today's post title is brought to you by Isabella d'Este, who was, of course, speaking about sending her daughters off to join a convent. Portrait at left is credited as follows: Leonardo da Vinci, Portrait of Isabella d'Este, 1499
Pierre noire with red chalk and yellow pastel, 63 x 46 cm (24 7/8 x 18 1/8 in), Musée du Louvre, Paris, via Artchive.com