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Though the focus of her life was religion, the seventeenth-century Winefrid Thimelby expressed in several genres an urge to write: pious meditations, lively familiar letters, and in all probability a long sequence of the annals of her convent, a form of women's history. She was well versed in the theology of St Augustine and St Bernard of Clairvaux, and although living and writing at a time of Jansenism, she stresses the incarnational, the divine immanence within human nature. Bibliographic Citation link.
Probably by 1619 WT was born, most likely at Irnham in Lincolnshire, the youngest but one among thirteen children to survive in her family. Bibliographic Citation link.
From about 1660 WT was likely the anonymous author of her convent's chronicle, a composite work which was then continued by later generations of nuns. Bibliographic Citation link.
1690 WT died in her convent, St Monica's at Louvain, after twenty-two years as prioress. Bibliographic Citation link.
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