Dr. Saundra Weddle’s book on Sister Giustina Niccolini

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 view of life behind the enclosure walls and of nuns’ interaction with the world outside.