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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6 Even middle - class girls began to enjoy greater and greater education during
the Renaissance as schools proliferated in many parts of Europe . Children in
these schools learned reading , writing , and mathematics ; some were
Boys would then be sent away to schools where they would receive extensive
training in literature as well as ... With some notable exceptions , girls were less
likely than boys to be sent out to school ; rather , they would continue their
training at ...
But Luther wrote that " Above all , in schools of all kinds the chief and most
common lesson should be the Scriptures . ... He argued that " even a girl has
enough time that she can go to school for an hour a day and still perform her
She had gathered 60 sisters before she died , many of whom headed the schools
in operation for girls ; there were more than a hundred in Germany alone by the
next century . But the political situation in Englandthe hostility to Catholics and ...
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