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Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy
Immodest Acts
The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy
Paperback      ISBN: 0195042255
The discovery of the fascinating and richly documented story of Sister Benedetta Carlini, Abbess of the Convent of the Mother of God, by Judith C. Brown was an event of major historical importance. Not only is the story revealed in Immodest Acts that of the rise and fall of a powerful woman in a church community and a record of the life of a religious visionary, it is also the earliest documentation of lesbianism in modern Western history. Born of well-to-do parents, Benedetta Carlini entered the convent at the age of nine. At twenty-three, she began to have visions of both a religious and erotic nature. Benedetta was elected abbess due largely to these visions, but later aroused suspicions by claiming to have had supernatural contacts with Christ. During the course of an investigation, church authorities not only found that she had faked her visions and stigmata, but uncovered evidence of a lesbian affair with another nun, Bartolomeo. The story of the relationship between the two nuns and of Benedetta's fall from an abbess to an outcast is revealed in surprisingly candid archival documents and retold here with a fine sense of drama.
City of Women: Sex and Class in New York, 1789-1860
City of Women
Sex and Class in New York, 1789-1860
Paperback      ISBN: 0252014812
Memoirs and Selected Letters: Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant, Selected Letters, 1839-1865
Memoirs and Selected Letters
Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant, Selected Letters, 1839-1865
Hardcover      ISBN: 0940450585
Letters from Grant to his wife, fellow officers, and government officials accompany his account of his life as a soldier, from West Point to the end of the Civil War
At Home: The American Family, 1750-1870
At Home
The American Family, 1750-1870
Hardcover      ISBN: 0810918943
The Johnstown Flood
The Johnstown Flood
Paperback      ISBN: 0671207148
A graphic account of the collapse of a poorly constructed dam and the resulting flood which killed 2,000 people and caused a nationwide scandal
History of the Lewis and Clark Expedition
History of the Lewis and Clark Expedition
Paperback      ISBN: 0486212688
Volume 1 of the classic edition of Lewis and Clark's day-by-day journals that later became the basis for U.S. claims to Oregon and the West. Accurate and invaluable geographical, botanical, biological, meteorological and anthropological material. Complete 1893 edition, edited by Elliott Coues from Biddle's authorized 1814 history.
Bring Warm Clothes: Letters and Photos from Minnesota's Past
Bring Warm Clothes
Letters and Photos from Minnesota's Past
by Meier
Paperback      ISBN: 0932272061
Search for Order 1877-1920
Search for Order 1877-1920
Paperback      ISBN: 0809001047
At the end of the Reconstruction, the spread of science and technology, industrialism, urbanization, immigration, and economic depressions eroded Americans' conventional beliefs in individualism and a divinely ordained social system. In The Search for Order, Robert Wiebe shows how, in subsequent years, during theProgressive Era of Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, Americans sought the organizing principles around which a new viable social order could be constructed in the modern world. This subtle and sophisticated study combines the virtues of historical narrative, sociological analysis, and social criticism.
The Puzzle Palace: A Report on America's Most Secret Agency
The Puzzle Palace
A Report on America's Most Secret Agency
Paperback      ISBN: 0140067485
Describes and assesses the activities of the National Security Agency, the nation's most secret government agency--established in secrecy, many times larger than the CIA, and in control of a huge budget and a vast technology
This House of Sky, Landscapes of a Western Mind: Landscapes of a Western Mind
This House of Sky, Landscapes of a Western Mind
Landscapes of a Western Mind
Paperback      ISBN: 0156899825
Ivan Doig recalls growing up among the ranches and wilderness of Montana with his father and grandmother, and their friends in the rural community