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First, her rebellious nature fulfills the false humility topos required of religious women. When she disobeys her confessors' mandates, she actually becomes more saintly. In a dramatic display reminiscent of the mortification exercises of Santa Catalina de Siena, Isabel performed acts of martyrdom without permission from the priests: "Lamíale la llaga, hizelo algunos dias; y deziame que sentia gran regalo, . . hazia esto quando no lo via el Cura, porque si lo viera, no me dexara lo hiziera" (82) (I licked the wound for a few days.
Pisa's text emphasizes Santa Leocadia's importance to the people of Toledo and the special relationship between them. Saint Leocadia has always been and is held and esteemed by the people of Toledo with the honor of our native patron saint: . . And many noble and good Christians like . . to give the name Leocadia to their daughters when they are baptized . . so that they remember to imitate her virtues and to keep her as their special protector in time of need. (8) Works like those of Pisa and Hernández published in Toledo indicate the popularity of the Leocadia cult, especially in that city during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century.
Life Writing in the Convent Isabel's life narrative seems to reflect what Leigh Gilmore describes as "autobiographics": "those elements of self-representational practices and discourses, rather than its consolidated status as an autobiography" (144). Before we survey Isabel's autobiography, written during a period of over ten years, it must be pointed out that her work is a compilation of various notebooks, similar to the writings of the diary genre. She was ordered to write everything, every day for one hour.