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Souls under SiegeStories of War, Plague, and Confession in Fourteenth-Century Provence$
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Nicole Archambeau

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781501753664

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501753664.001.0001

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Sister Resens de Insula and the Desire for Certainty

Sister Resens de Insula and the Desire for Certainty

(p.144) Chapter 6 Sister Resens de Insula and the Desire for Certainty
Souls under Siege

Nicole Archambeau

Cornell University Press

This chapter covers the experience of Sister Resens de Insula, a thirty-seven-year-old nun at the Holy Cross convent, who captured the limitations of the sacrament of penance succinctly. It reviews how Resens has lived through the first and second mortalities, the mercenary invasions, and manifestations of the political unrest linked to the transfer of power from King Robert I of Naples to Queen Johanna I. It also looks at the turbulent decades of the fourteenth century, from 1343 to 1363, when women like Resens found that Countess Delphine’s words resonated with the people who gathered to listen at the Holy Cross convent. The chapter talks about Resens’ memory of being present when Delphine spoke divine words at the Holy Cross convent in 1351. It discusses Resens’s description of her experience, which shows that she expected not to feel doubts of conscience after completing the sacrament.

Keywords:   Sister Resens de Insula, Holy Cross convent, Countess Delphine, sacrament, political unrest

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