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Katerina's windows : donation and devotion, art and music, as heard and seen through the writings of a Birgittine Nun /

"Examines 58 letters written by Katerina Lemmel, a wealthy Nuremberg widow, who in 1516 entered the abbey of Maria Mai in south Germany, and rebuilt the monastery using her own resources and the donations she solicited from relatives"--Provided by publisher.

Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Schleif, Corine.
Other Authors: Schier, Volker.
Format: Book
Published: University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, c2009.
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Table of Contents:
  • Introduction
  • Looking through words, numbers, images, buildings, and melodies : glimpses of childhood and marriage, investment and donation, in the nuremberg of Katerina
  • Imhoff Lemmel, 1466-1516
  • Disappearing behind veils and walls with windows : Katerina's rituals and rhetoric of passage in June 1516
  • Opening windows of communication : building and business, letters from 1516
  • Sitting at the window : news of shattered promises and bad returns : letters from February through July 1517
  • Windows of opportunity : bad times, singing for saffron, sights and sounds
  • Scents and tastes, of commemoration : letters from August through December 1517
  • Writing by window light, singing by candlelight : Benefactions through windows to the world outside : letters from 1518
  • Windows under scrutiny : letters from 1519
  • Some good eyeglasses : letters from 1520-1522
  • Breaking windows : violent clashes in the Peasants' War of 1525
  • Now through a glass darkly, but then face to face : Katerina's last letter last words and last will
  • Conclusion: Moving forward with a glance in the rearview mirror.