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Stolen Daughters, Virgin Mothers : Anglican Sisterhoods in Victorian Britain - Ms. Susan Mumm

Stolen Daughters, Virgin Mothers

Anglican Sisterhoods in Victorian Britain

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Published: 1st May 2001
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This is a study of the social history and cultural significance of the sisterhoods which sprang up in Victorian Britain. It looks at those women who abandoned the domestic sphere to become the prototype of the modern social worker, pushing back the boundaries of what women could do within the structure of the Anglican Church. Beginning with the establishment of the first Anglican convent in 1845, the study shows that by 1900 more than 10,000 women had joined the only Anglican organization which offered full-time work for women of all social classes. More impressive than the sisterhood's rapid growth was the degree of fascination "Protestant nunneries" had for the general public - the movement was the focus of a vigorous debate which lasted beyond the end of the 19th century. This text, based on research into the archives of 28 religious communities, offers a comprehensive picture of the movement, showing that the sisterhoods were not refuges for women who failed to find husbands; rather they attracted women who were moulding careers. The sisterhoods became so successful in recruiting women that, by the end of the 1860s, they threatened to undermine the hegemony of the ideal of domestic life as the proper sphere for women.

Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
Overview
'Those Wicked Nuns': The Forgotten Story of the Sisterhood Movementp. 3
The Reality of Sisterhoods
'The Eager Life Here Just Suits Me': The Attractions of Convent Life for Victorian Womenp. 13
'A Free Person in a Community of Equals': The Government and Daily Life of Sisterhoodsp. 57
'We have Heads and Hands': Sisterhood Work among the Urban Working Classp. 93
Popular Perceptions of Sisterhoods
'They will not Obey': The Clerical Response to Sisterhoodsp. 137
'A Bombshell to Public Opinion': Popular Perceptions of Sisterhoods in Victorian Britainp. 166
Conclusion: 'A Field Wider than Private Life': The Place of Anglican Sisterhoods in Victorian Historyp. 207
Anglican Sisterhoods Established 1845-1900p. 211
Parental Occupations Listed in Profession Rollsp. 215
The Case of a Single-Order Community: The Community of St. Mary the Virgin, Wantagep. 217
Clothing and Profession Rates in Two Communitiesp. 218
Rates of Growth in the First 25 Years after Founding Selected Communitiesp. 219
Professions by Decade: 1840s-1890sp. 220
Attrition in Communitiesp. 221
CRJBS: Convent Account for 1906p. 222
The Sisters of the Church: Principal Works, as Reported to Archbishop Benson in 1894p. 224
Notesp. 226
Bibliographyp. 268
Indexp. 300
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780718501518
ISBN-10: 0718501519
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 322
Published: 1st May 2001
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 15.6 x 23.4  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.63