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I have incurred many debts in the completion of this manuscript. First, I would like to thank the Gutenberg-e committee and Robert Darnton for the opportunity to participate in this exciting project. The competence, professionalism, and patience of the team at Columbia University Press have not wavered. My thanks to Kate Wittenberg, Gordon Dahlquist, Linda Secondari, Sean Costigan, and all the others who have worked on the Gutenberg-e project.

This e-book is a revision of my dissertation, completed at Emory University in 1998. It was a privilege to work with my dissertation committee: my adviser, Professor Peter Bakewell; Professor Susan Socolow; and Professor William Taylor, my external reader. Each of them provided a thorough, sympathetic reading and excellent advice. Other professors shaped my thinking and provided encouragement and support; I would like to mention James Melton, Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, and William Beik of Emory University.

The research for this study was carried out with the generous support of several institutions. The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada granted me a four-year doctoral fellowship. I am grateful for the support of Emory University, which provided me a fellowship, summer research grants, and the Benjamin prize. The Conference on Latin American History (CLAH) awarded me its James R. Scobie Memorial Prize in the early stages of my research. I thank all of the above not only for the money that enabled me to attend graduate school and carry out research, but also for the vote of confidence that such support implies.

Not only institutions but individuals have supported me during the years of study, research, and writing that led to this manuscript. My mother, Erika Ricker, and my husband, Michael Busch, are particularly to be thanked.

And finally, I would like to express my deep gratitude to Professor Richard Boyer. To him I dedicate whatever is valuable in this study.


Escogidas Plantas: Nuns and Beatas in Mexico City, 1531-1601