Between Exaltation and Infamy: Female Mystics in the Golden Age of Spain

Between Exaltation and Infamy: Female Mystics in the Golden Age of Spain

By Stephen Haliczer

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One day in 1599, in the Spanish village of Saria, seven-year-old Maria Angela Astorch fell ill and died after gorging herself on unripened almonds. Marias sister Isabel, a nun, came to view the body with her mother superior, an ecstatic mystic and visionary named Maria Angela Serafina. Overcome by the sight of the dead girls innocent face, Serafina began to pray ferventl

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