Readership: Early modern historians and German scholars,
particularly those with an interest in early modern gender studies and women in the Catholic Reformation; historians of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation.
Simone Laqua-O'Donnell, Lecturer in Early Modern History, University of Birmingham
Simone Laqua-O'Donnell studied at the University of Cambridge and was a PhD student at Balliol College, Oxford. In 2006 she was awarded a Research Fellowship at Downing College, Cambridge. She joined the University of Birmingham in 2009.
"This is a refreshing approach and a welcome contribution to the existing literature on the Counter Reformation ... The book will be of particular interest to scholars and students interested in women's history and Catholic Reformation Europe, as well as urban history." - Dr Jennifer Hillman, Reviews in History
"this is a fine study, well thought-out and well written. The author shows a clear command of the sources and relevant literature as well as a keen sensitivity to their uses and limitations ... the book provides a solid example of how gender might be used to broaden our understanding of the impact of confessionalization." -
Wm. Bradford Smith, German History
"Weaving together the stories of a variety of women from different strata of society, Laqua-O'Donnell presents a patchwork of experience that is neither formulaic nor expected. It is the range of female lives studied here that makes the work so compelling, moving beyond those areas where women were directly affected by Tridentine reform to analyse the indirect impact of a heightened religious environment on married women and women at the margins of society." - Roisin Watson, European History Quarterly
1: The Reformation of Convent Life
2: Female Piety: Women's Relationships with the Living, the Dead, and the Divine
3: An Ideal Marriage after Trent
4: Deviant Women and the Urban Community
5: A Bishop, his Priests, and their Concubines