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Clare Evans memorial essay prize 2006: Liberty, Citizenship and the Suppression of Female Religious Communities in France, 1789-90

Betros, Gemma


This article examines how nuns reacted to the proposed suppression of religious orders by the National Constituent Assembly during the French Revolution. Drawing upon petitions sent to the Assembly by female religious communities, as well as the letters of their individual members, it explores how these women harnessed revolutionary discourse to argue for their rights as citizens, revealing in the process their sentiments towards the religious state. Whether they were happy to leave their...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Womens History Review
DOI: 10.1080/09612020902771350


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