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Anon., Annals of the English Benedictines of Ghent, now at St Mary’s Abbey, Oulton Oulton, 1894. Click here for access to an online or pdf copy.

Anon., Chronicle of the First Monastery Founded at Brussels for English Benedictine Nuns, A.D. 1597, Saint Mary’s Abbey, Bergholt, 1898.

Blom, Frans and Jos Blom, “Introductory Note” in Pudentiana Deacon, ed. Frans Blom and Jos Blom, EME Series I, Part 3, Volume 4 (Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 2002).

Bolton Holloway, Julia (ed.), ‘Colections by an English Nun in Exile: Bibliothèque Mazarine 1202’, Analecta Cartusiana 119: 26 (2006).

Bowden, Caroline (ed.), The Death Register of the Rouen Poor Clares. Click here for pdf version in open access.

Bowden, Caroline (ed.), The Chronicles of Nazareth (The English Convent). Bruges, 1629-1793, Catholic Record Society, Woodbridge: Boydell, 2017.

Bowden, Caroline (ed.), English Convents in Exile, 1600 1800, 6 vols, London: Pickering & Chatto, 2012-13.

Butler, Alban, A Short Account of the Life and Virtues of the Venerable and Religious Mother Mary of the Holy Cross, Abbess of the English Poor Clares at Rouen; who died in the sweet odour of sanctity, March 21, anno 1735, London: 1767.

Cambry, Jeanne de (ed.) The Building of Divine Love, as Translated by Dame Agnes More (1992)

Cédoz, F-M-Th, Un Couvent de religieuses anglaises à Paris de 1634 à 1884 : Ouvrage précédé d’une lettre de son Éminence Mgr. Le Cardinal Langenieux, Paris : Victor Lecoffre, and London : Burns & Oates, 1891. Click here for an online or a pdf version.

Clark, John (ed.), ‘Fr. Augustine Baker; The Life of Dame Margaret Gascoigne; Five Treatises; and Confession’, Analecta Cartusiana 119: 23 (2004).

Clark, John (ed.), ‘Confessiones Amantis: The Spiritual Exercises of the most Vertuous and Religious Dame Gertrude More’, Analecta Cartusiana 119: 27 (2007).

Clark, John (ed.), ‘Idiot’s Devotion’, Analecta Cartusiana 119:29 (2008).

Clark, John (ed.), ‘The Devotions of Dame Margaret Gascoigne’, Analecta Cartusiana 119: 28 (2007).

Coleridge, H.J, (ed) The Life of Margaret Mostyn (Mother Margaret of Jesus), Religious of the Reformed Order of Our blessed Lady of Mount Carmel (1625 – 1679), by Edmund Bedingfield, London: Burns & Oates, 1878. Please click here for an online or a pdf copy.

Daumont, Octave, Le Cloître de Nazareth. « Couvent anglais » de Bruges, Bruges : Desclée De Brouwer, 1935.

De Bertrand, Raymond, Histoire du couvent des pauvres Clarisses anglaises de Gravelines, Dunkerque, 1857.  Click here for an online copy.

Dolan, Frances (ed.), Recusant Translators: Elizabeth Carey and Alexia Grey, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2000.

Ellis, Roger, Viderunt eam filie Syon : The Spirituality of the English House of a Medieval Contemplative Order from its Beginnings to the Present Day / Salzburg: Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, 1984

Fletcher, John Rory, The Story of the English Bridgettines of Syon, Syon Abbey, 1933.

Foster, Ann M. C,. ‘The Chronicles of the English Poor Clares of Rouen I’, Recusant History 18.1 (1986): 59-102 and ‘The Chronicles of the English Poor Clares of Rouen II, Recusant History 18.2 (1986): 149-91.

Gage, John, A Brief History of the Late English Convent at Paris of the Order of the Conception, commonly called Blue Nuns (London, 1839)

Gillow, Joseph and R. Trappes-Lomax (eds.), ‘The Diary of the Blue Nuns … 1658 – 1810’, Catholic Record Society, vol. 8 (1910). Click here for access to a pdf copy.

Gillow, Joseph, ‘Registers of the English Poor Clares at Gravelines, 1608-1837’, Miscellanea, Catholic Record Society vol. 9 (1914), 25-173. Please here here for a pdf copy.

Girard, Sébastien, La Première règle des pauvres dames religieuses de Sainte Claire, Caen, 1681.

Hallett, Nicky (ed.), Lives of Spirit. English Carmelites Self-Writing of the Early Modern Period, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007.

Hallett, Nicky (ed.), Witchcraft, Exorcism and the Politics of Possession in a Seventeenth-Century Convent: ‘How Sister Ursula Was Once Bewitched and Sister Margaret Twice’, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007.

Hamilton, Adam (ed.), The Chronicle of the English Augustinian Canonesses Regular of the Lateran at St. Monica’s in Louvain. Now at St. Augustine’s Priory, Newton Abbot, Devon, 2 vols., Edinburgh and London : Sands & Co., 1904-1906. Feel free to click here for a pdf copy of vol. 1. (1548 to 1625) and here for vol. 2, (1625-1644).

Hardman, Anne, Mother Margaret Mostyn: Discalced Carmelite, 1625-1679 (London: Burns, Oates & Washbourne, 1937)

Harman, Anne, English Carmelites in Penal times, London: Burns Oates & Washbourne, [1936]

Hardman, Anne, Two English Carmelites : Mother Mary Xaviera Burton (1668 – 1714) and Mother Mary Margaret Wake (1617 – 1678), London : Burns Oates & Washbourne, 1939.

Hawley, Susan, A Brief Relation of the Order and Institute, of the English Religious Women at Liege, Liège, 1652. Please click here for a pdf copy.

Herbert Lucy, Several Excellent Methods of Hearing the Mass … Superior of the English Austin Nuns (London, 1722). For a pdf copy, click here.

Hunter, Thomas, An English Carmelite. The Life of Catherine Burton, Mother Mary Xaviera of the Angels, of the English Teresian Convent at Antwerp. London: Burns & Oates, 1883. For a pdf copy click here.

Jacob, Scholastica (ed.), A Brief Narrative of the Seizure of the Benedictine Dames of Cambray and Two Hairs and a Dish of Tortoise, from the writings of Dame Ann Teresa Partington (Stanbrook, 2016).

Knowles David (ed.), Matthew, Tobies, The Life of Lady Lucy Knatchbull … Now First Printed from the Original Manuscript with an Introduction by Dom David Knowles, London, 1931.

Mason, M. J., ‘Nuns of the Jerningham Letters: Elizabeth Jerningham, 1727-1807 and Frances Henrietta Jerningham, 1745-1824, Augustinian Canonessses of Bruges’, Recusant History 22 (1995) 350-369.

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Matthew, Tobie, The Life of Lady Lucy Knatchbull, London: Sheed and Ward, 1931.

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O’Neill, George, Blessed Mary of the Angels, Discalced Carmelite, 1661 – 1717, A Biography, London: Washbrourne, 1909.

Pasture, Abbé A. (ed.),Documents concernant quelques monastères anglais aux Pays–Bas au XVIIème siècle’, Bulletin de l’Institut Historique de Rome, X (1930).

Reverend Mother Prioress of Colwich and J. S. Hansom (eds), ‘The English Benedictines of the Convent of our Blessed Lady of Good Hope in Paris, now St. Benedict’s Priory, Colwich, Staffordshire’, Catholic Record Society, Misc. VII, vol. 9 (1911), pp. 334–413. Click here for access to a pdf copy.

Rumsey, M. J. (ed.), ‘Abbess Neville’s Annals of Five Communities of English Benedictine Nuns in Flanders 1598–1687’, Catholic Record Society, Misc. V, vol. 6 (1909), pp. 1–72. Please click here for a pdf copy.

Scarisbricke, Edward, The Life of the Lady Warner in Which the Motives of Her Embracing the Roman Catholick Faith, Quitting Her Husband and Children to Become a Poor Clare at Graveling, Her Rigorous Life and Happy Death Are Declared, London, 1691.

Statutes Compyled for the Better Observation of the Holy Rule of the Most Glorious Father and Patriarch S. Benedict, ed. by Alexia Grey, Ghent, 1632. Click  here for a pdf copy.

The Lady Abbess and Community (eds), ‘Obituary Notices of the Nuns of the English Benedictine Abbey of Ghent in Flanders 1627–1811’, Catholic Record Society, Misc. XI, vol. 19 (1917), pp. 1–92. A pdf copy is available here.

The Lady Abbess of East Bergholt and J. S. Hansom (eds), ‘Registers of the English Benedictine Nuns, Brussels, 1598–1856’, Catholic Record Society, Misc. IX, vol. 14 (1914), pp. 174–99. Please click here for a pdf copy.

The Lady Abbess of Teignmouth and the Archivist (eds), ‘Registers of the English Benedictine Nuns of Pontoise OSB, etc. ’, Catholic Record Society, Misc. X, vol. 17 (1915), pp. 248–326. Click here to view pdf.

The Mother Prioress of New Hall, Records of the English Canonesses of the Holy Sepulchre at Liège, edited by R. Trappes-Lomax (ed.), Catholic Record Society, Misc. X, vol. 17 (1915). Click here to access a pdf copy.

The Prioress and community of Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight (ed.), ‘Records of the nuns of the second order’, Catholic Record Society, Dominicana, vol. 25 (1925), pp.176–241. Click here for access to a pdf copy.

The Right Reverend Lady Cecilia Heywood, Abbess of Stanbrook and J. Gillow (ed.), ‘Records of the Abbey of Our Lady of Consolation Nuns at Cambrai 1620–1793’, Catholic Record Society, Misc. VIII, vol. 13 (1913), pp. 1–81. Click here for access to a pdf copy.

The Rule of the Most Blissed Father Saint Benedict, Patriarke of all the Munkes ed. by Alexia Grey, Ghent, 1632.

Trappes-Lomax, Richard (ed.), ‘The English Franciscan Nuns, 1619-1821, and the Friars Minor of the same province, 1618-1761’, Catholic Record Society, Franciscana vol. 24 (1922). Click here to access a pdf copy.

Wekking, Ben (ed.), ‘The Life and Death of Dame Gertrude More’ Analecta Cartusiana 119:19 (2001).

Weld-Blundell, Benedict (ed.), The Writings of Dame Gertrude More, London: Washbourne, 1910.

Weld-Blundell, Benedict, (ed.) Contemplative Prayer: Ven. Father Augustine Baker’s Teaching Thereon from ‘Sancta Sophia’, London: Washbourne, 1907.

Wolfe, Heather (ed.), Elizabeth Cary, Lady Falkland: Life and Letters, Cambridge: Renaissance texts from manuscript 4, 2001.


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