Madre Maria Rosa: Journey of Five Capuchin Nuns

The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe - The Toronto Series, Vol. 1

Madre María Rosa: Journey of Five Capuchin Nuns

Translated by Sarah E. Owens
2009 | 212 pp. | 978-0-7727-2050-4 | Paperback 6 x 9 in
$27.95 |

Winner of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women's 2010 Josephine Roberts Award for a Scholarly Edition
Edited and Translated by Sarah E. Owens

Journey of Five Capuchin Nuns contains all the elements of a riveting adventure story. Through the eyes of the Mother Abbess, María Rosa, the reader is taken along on this journey through wars, pirates, disease, travel on the high seas, and treacherous mountain passes in the Andes. Five nuns set out in the early 1700s from their cloistered convent in Madrid, Spain, to travel halfway around the world to Lima, Peru. The journey lasted three years—an odyssey not all of them would complete. Yet, this unique historical document is so much more than a typical travel narrative. It illuminates the eighteenth-century way of life of religious women on both sides of the Atlantic basin. María Rosa’s lively prose attests to the literary connection among women religious writers of Spain and Latin America. This annotated edition and first-ever English translation of the manuscript will be of interest to scholars, students and anyone who wants to learn more about women’s history.

reprinted 2012