Vida de la Madre Inés de la Encarnación
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This is an annotated edition of the spiritual autobiography authored in the seventeenth-century by a Spanish lay holy woman (beata) named Inés López Meléndez (1564-1634) who later became a nun known as Inés de la Encarnación.
The text—which has not been republished since its original printing in a 1690 chronicle of the founding of Spanish convents—is a representative example of the literary genre of women’s spiritual autobiography according to the model established by the Libro de su vida (Book of her Life) by Teresa of Avila.
This book is written in Spanish and includes a critical introduction and explanatory footnotes by Eleanor Marsh.