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Lecture : Casting Stones – Clerics and Working Girls in the Convent
23 January @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm€12
When asked at her trial on 19 October 1701, what she did for a living, Catherina Mifsud responded “I am a public woman and that is how I battle through life”. The straightforward quality of her statement belies the overall consensus that early modern prostitutes were victims or disorderly women. Wage-dependent persons from all walks of life were socially perceived to be actively battling with life’s struggles. Religious sanctions were essential to sustain basic social norms. Prostitutes were wage-dependent persons battling through life, but their practice was not sanctioned by the Roman Catholic Church.
Please join us in January when Dr Christine Muscat, bestselling author of Magdalene Nuns (2013) and Public Women (2018), will deliver a talk on ‘flesh and blood stories’ of some prostitutes who faced landmark choices, decisions and conflicts in facing religious dissidence and damnation. Striving for balance in life was their goal. Reaching that goal was a challenge. Despite variations in circumstances, self-doubt, striking a balance between work and family, and conflicts between personal and professional life still afflict many women in the world today and are very much in force.
Venue: Royal Yacht Club, Ta’Xbiex