Experiencing food in Anne of Saint Bartholomew ( 1549-1626)


  • Rebeca SanMartín Bastida


The Blessed Ana de San Bartolomé (1549-1626) is a famous
disciple of Saint Teresa of Avila who devoted much attention to food in her prolific
writings (letters, autobiographies, declarations, meditations, prayers...). The
role that food plays in her life interests us in several ways: her conception of the
prioress as a breastfeeding mother; her cannibal understanding of Saint Teresa’s
relics; her ambivalent relationship with fasting; and finally, her broad description
of conventual food, which help us to better understand how 16th to 17th centuries
diets were conformed.