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What texts are we studying?

Their visionary discourse will be the analytical focus of the different strands of this multidisciplinary project: editions and studies of these sources will shed light on this discourse. The time span under consideration is determined by the data available: the first female visionaries are documented in Spain in the fifteenth century and it would be during the Cisneros’ regency that this female spiritual authority would be at its peak, before this model of sanctity became less acceptable or, at least, would be regarded with more suspicion. This project will recover and analyze these writings but it will also study texts produced by males concerned with shaping and rejecting models of female sanctity. Likewise, hagiographies, beatification trials, devotional texts, vitas and artistic words would influence the very authority of trances where nuns and also rural women spoke to celestial beings. This phenomenon will be studied, as well, in its continuities in the following centuries, and also at the end of the 19th century, when a new scientific and aesthetical approach brought a different understanding of these women.
We are currently editing the Life of María García, the Life of María de Ajofrín, the Life of Juana de la Cruz, the foundation of the Convent of Madre de Dios (the lives of the sisters Silva), the Book of the House of Juana de la Cruz, the Book of Prayer by María Santo Domingo, and establishing a catalogue of medieval and early Renaissance Castilian female ​saints.