A team of researchers has analyzed a small document found in the archives of the University of York in which they have discovered a disconcerting part of the life of the religious Juana from Leeds. According to medieval historians, the nun of the convent of St. Clement of York he managed to fake his own death in the fourteenth century to enjoy a life of "carnal lust".
In the message, written in Latin in 1318, Archbishop William Melton urges the religious to return to the convent, while collecting rumors that the Benedictine nun had fallen into "the path of carnal lust" bypassing her religious commitment with "imprudence". The note has had repercussions in several United Kingdom media, such as The Times Y The Washington Post.
The plan devised by the religious
The archbishop also details in the letter that Juana de Leeds "with the help of many accomplices and evildoers, created with mannequin the likeness of his body" with the object of "deceiving the faithful devotees". In addition, says the note, "he had the shamelessness of procuring his false burial in a sacred space for the religious of the place."
In this way, the writing continues, "in a cunning and unhappy way, turning its back on decency and the good of religion", the religious "perverted her way in an arrogant manner" and replaced it with "carnal lust" , far from poverty and obedience. " He also specifies that he broke his vows and removed his religious habit. "Now he wanders off despite the danger to his soul and the scandal that exists in the whole order," you can read in the note.
The case generated a stir at the time
The investigators are convinced that there was a great stir when it was discovered that the nun was not dead, but had left the monastery in exchange for a "life of indecency" in Beverley, 30 miles from the convent. It is for this reason that the archbishop demanded that he return through the recently found note, in which he shows his indignation because a Christian woman had acted in such a "cunning and perverse manner."
However, the researchers do not know if the religious complied with the demands of the archbishop or decided to ignore him and continue with his life of "lust". A fact that, according to professor Sarah Rees Jones (one of the main researchers of the project) will be almost impossible to find out.
"Unfortunately, and although it is very frustrating, we do not know what could happen to her. There are many cases of monks and nuns who left their monastery and of whom we do not know anything, "said the expert. The Times. This small ecclesiastical scandal is part of the digitalization project of the records preserved by William Melton, who was archbishop of York between 1317 and 1340.
The investigators do not know if the religious complied with the demands of the archbishop