Students of gender history often ponder on how to reconcile the achievements of spiritual women during the Renaissance with the misogynistic culture of the time. Recent studies have shown that mainstream views of the female both limited and fostered women’s opportunities within religion.1 Focusing on the Company of St Ursula founded by Angela Merici (1474–1540), this essay will provide a further illustration of how a certain model of female spirituality was articulated in connection with contemporaneous cultural notions of the female.
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