Women's Roles in the Renaissance
For the first time, a content-rich survey on Renaissance women for students and the general public is available. The story of the Renaissance has usually been told from the elite male perspective. Here, the lives of women and girls from a wide range of classes, religions, and countries in Europe take center stage. Women had a significant impact on the economy, social structures, and the culture of the Renaissance, despite the constraints on their exercise of power, lack of opportunities, enforced dependence, and exclusion from politics, government, science, law, banking, and more. Women's Roles in the Renaissance examines the attitudes and practices that shaped the varied roles of women then, but also the important ways women shaped the world in which they lived. The focus is on both the ideas that circulated about women and on the difference between representations of them and their everyday life experiences.
The narrative draws from a wide variety of sources on every aspect of women's lives. Narrative topical chapters cover women and education, the law, work, politics, religion, literature, the arts, and pleasures. Numerous women are profiled, and a plethora of quotations and examples of their work provides a sense of their spirit. Many period illustrations are included that highlight the text. This will prove to be a most valuable one-volume resource on a high-interest topic.
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9 In addition , the fact that the Catholic Church continued to hold the Latin Bible (
the Vulgate ) in particular esteem during this period and continued to celebrate
liturgies in Latin meant that Catholic children who were educated at all tended to
He recommended the reading of Christian writers , of course , but also the
ancient Greek philosophers Plato ( 427-347 B.c.e. ) and Aristotle ( 384-322 B.c.e.
) , as well as the Latin authors Virgil ( 70-19 B.c.e. ) , Cicero ( 106-43 B.c.e. ) ,
She was absolutely fluent in both Greek and Latin ( as well as all modern
European languages ) , so much so that she was able to translate a treatise by
the Church Father Eusebius ( ca. 26o - ca . 341 ) from Greek into Latin and to
20 He argued that since all human beings are rational creatures , and there is no
way to know God's plan for them , girls as well as boys should learn in both the
vernacular and Latin . Comenius carried his ideas to all parts of Europe ...
In this letter , Ward also responded to those who thought education would make
girls less virtuous : I would have Cecilia and Catherina begin out of hand to learn
the rudiments of Latin ; fear not their loss of virtue by that means , for this must ...