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Women of the Renaissance

Author: Margaret L King
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©1991.
Series: Women in culture and society.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this informative and lively volume, Margaret L. King synthesizes a large body of literature on the condition of western European women in the Renaissance centuries (1350-1650), crafting a much-needed and unified overview of women's experience in Renaissance society. Utilizing the perspectives of social, church, and intellectual history, King looks at women of all classes, in both usual and unusual settings. She  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Margaret L King
ISBN: 0226436179 9780226436173 0226436187 9780226436180
OCLC Number: 23941992
Description: xv, 333 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Daughters of Eve: women in the family --
Daughters of Mary: women and the church --
Virgo et virago: women and high culture.
Series Title: Women in culture and society.
Responsibility: Margaret L. King.

Abstract:

In this informative and lively volume, Margaret L. King synthesizes a large body of literature on the condition of western European women in the Renaissance centuries (1350-1650), crafting a much-needed and unified overview of women's experience in Renaissance society. Utilizing the perspectives of social, church, and intellectual history, King looks at women of all classes, in both usual and unusual settings. She first describes the familial roles filled by most women of the day--as mothers, daughters, wives, widows, and workers. She turns then to that significant fraction of women in, and acted upon, by the church: nuns, uncloistered holy women, saints, heretics, reformers, and witches, devoting special attention to the social and economic independence monastic life afforded them. The lives of exceptional women, those warriors, queens, patronesses, scholars, and visionaries who found some other place in society for their energies and strivings, are explored, with consideration given to the works and writings of those first protesting female subordination: the French Christine de Pizan, the Italian Modesta da Pozzo, the English Mary Astell. --Publisher.
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