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Cuban Convents in the Age of Enlightened Reform, 1761–1807$
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John J. Clune Jr.

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813032177

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813032177.001.0001

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Private Lives in Common Spaces

Private Lives in Common Spaces

Santa Clara 1671–1769

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Cuban Convents in the Age of Enlightened Reform, 1761–1807

John J. Clune

University Press of Florida

This chapter examines the origins of convent reforms at the Santa Clara Convent in Havana, Cuba, which had been a target of reformers for more than a century. It explains that the crown's decision to involve itself in the internal affairs of the Clarist community in Havana was precipitated by a quarrel between the nuns and their regular male superiors, justified by a negative report originating with a secular prelate. It also discusses the history of failed reform at Santa Clara, the royal response to reports of corruption, and the Franciscan solution to charges of corruption at Santa Clara.

Keywords:   convent reforms, Santa Clara Convent, Havana, Cuba, Clarist community, nuns, secular prelate, corruptions

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