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« on: January 03, 2010 10:56:42 AM »

I'm a geeky history student, so quite a lot of my baking/crafting is history-related. Hence, I give you: The Gingerbread Nunnery

It's built in the shape of a late medieval cruciform English church, the nuns' habits are reasonably accurate (well, as close as you can get in inch-high icing sculptures) renditions of late medieval Benedictine habits. I'd love to pretend that the building is a bit wonky because the religious houses of late medieval nuns were chronically under-endowed and usually falling to bits (poor nuns!), but actually it's wonky because it was made in a college kitchen shared with about 60 other people. Some rotter actually took it off my baking tray while it was in the oven so they could use the try to cook chips! The cheek of it.

Another view:

Pigs! Nunnery estates often had their own poultry and livestock, to make ends meet. Contrary to the popular image, they were generally extremely poor.

Nuns in procession!

(you can tell the abbess by her crozier)

I'm rather proud of the nuns, they're rather sweet.

A view from the back:

But hey, who's that I spy, hiding behind a tree?

Naughty nun! Whatever is she up to?

(based on an actual nun in one of my Lincoln visitation records, who gave birth in the nunnery after getting a bit too close to an Augustinian Brother down the road...)

Hope you enjoyed, c&c much appreciated Smiley

« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2010 11:26:24 AM »

Wow. This is awesome. I love that it is a gingerbread house- but also a model- I especially love the little nun and brother behind the bushes. Very cute and especially impressive since it was made in a shared kitchen Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2010 11:35:06 AM »

Those nuns are awesome.

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« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2010 11:48:20 AM »

The pigs are so cute. I kind of wish you had made the nun and monk kissing  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2010 01:17:17 PM »

This is so cute and very clever and creative.
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2010 02:56:03 PM »

This is awesome. I love all the details- especially the pigs and the naughty nun!

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« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2010 02:57:39 PM »

So cute. Nice a clean looking. I really like the vines.

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« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2010 03:25:20 PM »

OMG I LOVE the detail you put into the nuns and piggery & background. I like the wonky building- gives it extra character Wink
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« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2010 04:54:42 PM »

<3 indeed!  This is fantastic!  The figures are adorable, I love the subject, and I agree with the previous commentors, it's so nice and clean!  GREAT JOB!

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« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2010 05:12:50 PM »

As someone who attended parochial school, this is dear to my heart.  Hilarious and well done!  Great nuns. Cheesy

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