Women in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1700

Women in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1700

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In this wide-ranging volume, Cissie Fairchilds rejects conventional accounts of the Early Modern period that claim it was a period of diminishing power and rights for European women. Instead, she shows that it was a period of positive changes that challenged and led to the eventual destruction of traditional misogynist notions that women were inferior to men. The book explores the historical basis of patriarchal views of women and describes the great intellectual debate over the nature and roles of women taking place at the time. It gives an account of womena€™s daily lives and looks at womena€™s work during the period. The book also deals with the role of women in religion and with witchcraft and the prosecution of women as witches. The book concludes by examining the relationship between women and the State.Educated (unusually for a woman) in Latin and the classics by her father, Pisan married a minor French noble. ... churning out poetry and historical works in praise of her royal patrons and hackwork like a military manual and a history of heraldry commissioned by wealthy clients. ... At any rate, she attacked the author, Jean de Meung, of part of the most famous poem of her time, The Romance of the Rose.

Title:Women in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1700
Author:Cissie C. Fairchilds
Publisher:Pearson Education - 2007


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