Convent ledgers from colonial Arequipa, Peru, reveal that female religious communities spent large sums of money on a wide variety of medical ingredients in the care of their members.
Sarah E. Owens
Sarah E. Owens is Professor of Spanish and Director of First Year Experience at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. She specializes in the writings of religious women of early modern Spain and Latin America. She has four books: Journey of Five Capuchin Nuns (CRRS & ITER, 2009); Women of the Iberian Atlantic, co-edited with Jane Mangan (LSU Press, 2012); Nuns Navigating the Spanish Empire (UNMP, 2017); and Health and Healing in the Early Modern Iberian World: A Gendered Perspective, co-edited with Margaret Boyle (University of Toronto Press, 2021). She is currently starting a new project on healing journeys and how early modern women experienced pilgrimage in Iberia and the Hispanic World.