Chronicle of Le Murate

Chronicle of Le Murate

by Sister Giustina Niccolini

Edited by Saundra Weddle

361 pages

  • Paperback
  • 9780772721082
  • Published: May 2011


The Chronicle of Le Murate, completed by Sister Giustina Niccolini in 1598, is one of a small number of surviving documents that presents a nun’s own interpretation and synthesis of historical events. It recounts the roughly two hundred-year history of Florence’s largest convent, which attracted boarders, nuns and patrons from Italy’s elite families. The manuscript provides a rare view of life behind the enclosure walls and of nuns interaction with the world outside. The messy vitality of this account is an important pendant to the more formal and predictable convent chronicles that dominate the genre.