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Published in EMF: Studies in Early Modern France, Vol. 11 ed. Thomas M. Carr, Jr. 2007, pp. 231-57. Copyright © 2007 Rookwood Press. Used by permission.


The great amount of writing by early modern nuns that was published during the Ancien Régime is underexploited because no master list of it exists. For example, at least ninety books by some sixty different nuns were published between 1600 and 1700, and many more that have been published since. The Checklist of over 300 items is an effort to fill this gap. Besides books authored by nuns, it includes many biographies that contain samples of their writings. Short occasional texts, such as death notices, lettres circulaires, and legal factums have generally been excluded, however. Unless another location is noted, the works can be found in the collections of the Bibliothèque nationale de France.