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The nuns and the apothecary: transatlantic collecting in the eighteenth century

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  • UserLynn Berry (Open University)
  • ClockMonday 20 February 2023, 13:00-14:00
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In this talk, Lynn Berry will examine the correspondence between Augustinian nuns in Quebec and their contacts in France, to whom they shipped plants and animals for fabricating medicines or as curiosities for collectors. Lynn will explore the mystery of this transatlantic relationship between the nuns and the French apothecary who was their main contact, considering why the sisters persisted in such activities for so long, despite many significant obstacles. Using their letters, which spanned decades in the mid-eighteenth century, as well as drawing from the Annales of their Augustinian community in New France, this paper will present a theory as to why nuns restricted by cloister, climate, and colonial wars, still persevered with their role in this transatlantic network.

This talk is part of the Cabinet of Natural History series.

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