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Women in Italy 1350-1650 By Mary Rogers

Women in Italy 1350-1650 by Mary Rogers

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Fills a gap in the still burgeoning literature on all aspects of women's lives in this period; A broad range of material is used, most of which has never been translated before; The three sections of the book provide a comprehensive account of all aspects of Renaissance women's lives as well as contemporary views on the nature of women.

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Women in Italy 1350-1650: Ideals and Realities by Mary Rogers

This enlightening book aims to fill the gap in the literature on women's lives from the mid-fourteenth to the mid-seventeenth century, a time in which Italian urban societies saw much debate on the nature of women and on their roles, education and behaviour. Indeed these were debates which would in subsequent years resonate throughout Europe as a whole. Using a broad range of contemporary source material, most of which has never been translated before, this book illuminates the ideals and realities informing the lives of women within the context of civic and courtly culture. The text is divided into three sections: contemporary views on the nature of women, and ethical and aesthetic ideals seen as suitable to them; life cycles from birth to death, punctuated by the rites of passage of betrothal, marriage and widowhood; women's roles in the convent, the court, the workplace, and in cultural life. Through their exploration of these themes, Rogers and Tinagli demonstrate that there was no single 'Renaissance woman'. The realities of women(1)s experiences were rich and various, and their voices speak of diverse possibilities for emotionally rich and socially useful lives. This will be essential reading for students and teachers of society and culture during the Italian Renaissance, as well as gender historians working on early modern Europe.

About Mary Rogers

Mary Rogers has published widely on Italian visual representations of women in relation to the writing of the day. Paola Tinagli is author of Women in Italian Renaissance Art (MUP 1997) and lives and works in Italy

Table of Contents

Introduction Part 1 : Ideals Woman's nature and characteristics The discourse of beauty and love The Virgin Mary Female Saints Famous and exemplary women Part 2 : Lifecycles Girls Betrothals and Weddings Marriage and married life Conception, childbirth and the upbringing of children Widows Part 3 : Roles Nuns and women in religion The court lady Women and work for gain Prostitutes and courtesans Writers, artists, musicians and performers Illustrations Bibliography Index

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Women in Italy 1350-1650: Ideals and Realities by Mary Rogers
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Manchester University Press
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