THE MONASTERY OF ST. BENEDICT OF CÁSTRIS AS A SPACE OF ASSERTION AND POWER: FROM THE MYSTIC MARRIAGE TO MUSICAL PRAXIS 94

Antónia Fialho Conde, Margarida Sá Nogueira Lalanda

Abstract


The life in contemplative female communities was characterized by the ideal of purity fostered in the monasteries and based on the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience, reinforced by the cloistered life. Especially from the Council of Trent, in Portugal as in Europe, its compliance underlines the paradigms of virtue: the religious woman should be unique in patience, humility, mortification, piety and charity. In this environment, increasingly demanding since the late Middle Ages, betting on valorization of spirituality (based on prayer and silence, in asceticism and liberation of the soul), the leadership capacity of some nuns or, by the other side, the artist ical expressions of music, singing or writing, became specials, demonstrating the power or the creative liberation in the female monastic universe, as it happened in the Cistercian monastery of St. Benedict of Cástris (Évora, Portugal), whose peculiarities are presented here compared to other cloistered women houses.

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