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Isle of Wight Arts Society Lecture

Tuesday 1 2.00pmMarch


Northwood House

Ward Avenue
PO31 8AZ

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Isle of Wight Arts Society Lecture


Behind the Walls; Creativity, Visions and Horrors in Renaissance Italian Convents

By Sarah Dunant

In the 16th Century dowries were expensive and only the very rich could afford to marry off more than one daughter. Many of the surplus women became nuns, whether or not they had a religious inclination. As well as horror stories of enforced incarceration it also gave women a space to be fulfilled both creatively and religiously. In the convents they produced art, became scholars, writers, dramatists and musicians. Sarah Dunant gives us an insight into the women’s lives behind the walls.

There will be a small number of seats available for visitors for £10. Advance booking essential by emailing [email protected]