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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Her place was in the home , as wife , mother , or daughter . The German
theologian Martin Luther ( 1483-1546 ) observed , The rule remains with the
husband , and the wife is compelled to obey him by God's command . He rules
the home and ...
As the legal scholar Sir William Blackstone ( 1723-1780 ) put it in his
Commentaries on the Laws of England , a summary of the legal theory that had
developed by the end of the early modern period , " If the wife be injured in her
person or her ...
And while Blackstone argued that " this power of correction was confined within
reasonable bounds ; and the husband was prohibited to use any violence to his
wife , " other legal scholars held that there was no legal limit to a husband's use
Wherever the man dwells the woman has to dwell too ; the wife follows her
husband wherever he may go . And beyond this , she is obligated to submit to the
man ; authority pertains to the husband in all matters of this life . " 7 Not all
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