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Record 17641

Reading Experience:

Elizabeth Barrett to Arabella Moulton-Barrett, 26 July 1847: 'We passed the time [at the monastery at Vallombrosa] till monday, .. reading the Life of San Gualberto (who established the monastery) & learning from that only book within our reach, how spiritual holiness & benediction float in the air of the place [...] & how no mortal soul can approach the mountain, without partaking the sanctifying advantage.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 4 Jul 1847 and 26 Jul 1847
Country: Italy
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reading Group:Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Unknown
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writers
Religion: various
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: Italy
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: unknown
Title: Life of St Giovanni Gualberto
Genre: Other religious, Biography
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: read in situ


Source Information:

Record ID: 17641  
Source - Print  
  Author: n/a
  Editor: Philip Kelley and Scott Lewis
  Title: The Brownings' Correspondence
  Place of Publication: Winfield
  Date of Publication: 1998
  Vol: 14
  Page: 257
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Philip Kelley and Scott Lewis (ed.), The Brownings' Correspondence (Winfield, 1998), 14, p. 257,, accessed: 22 February 2024

Additional comments:

Source eds note that several accounts of San Gualberto's life existed in both verse and prose at time of reading; see p.261 n.11. In a letter of 7 August 1847 to Julia Martin, Barrett Browning describes how the Life of San Gualberto was 'laid on the table for the edification of strangers' (see p.275 in source).



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