Teresa of Avila (1515–1582)
Born in Avila to a prosperous but not aristocratic family, Teresa entered the Carmelite Monastery of the Incarnation in 1535. When she was 40 she began to have visions. In 1562 Teresa founded her first monastery, St. Joseph, in Avila, and completed her Libro de la vida
. Over the next 20 years she travelled throughout Spain, establishing foundations both for nuns and friars, and writing.
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