Convent chronicles: the genius of the mundane

‘Monday 5 January 1942: our pig “Tuurke” is slaughtered’. This sentence can be found in the convent chronicles of the Ghent Sint-Bavo school for girls, accompanied by a comical obituary picture of the bemoaned pig. [1] The dozens of convent journals that the Heritage Centre l Sisters of Charity have under their care today are full…