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The Basque Seroras – Local Religion, Gender, and Power in Northern Iberia, 1550-1800 - Cornell Scholarship Online
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The Basque Seroras: Local Religion, Gender, and Power in Northern Iberia, 1550-1800

Amanda L. Scott


This book explores the intersections between local community, women's work, and religious reform in early modern northern Spain. The book illuminates the lives of these uncloistered religious women, who took no vows and were free to leave the religious life if they chose. Their vocation afforded them considerably more autonomy and, in some ways, liberty, than nuns or wives. The book recovers the surprising ubiquity of seroras, with every Basque parish church employing at least one. Their central position in local religious life revises how we think about the social and religious limitations pl ... More

Keywords: local community, women's work, religious reform, northern Spain, religious women, seroras, religious life

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501747496
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501747496.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amanda L. Scott, author
Pennsylvania State University