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Women of the Renaissance.

By: King, Margaret L.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Women in Culture and Society: Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2008Description: 1 online resource (351 p.).ISBN: 9780226436166.Subject(s): Women | Women -- Europe -- History | Women - Europe - History | Women -- History -- Renaissance, 1450-1600 | Women - History - Renaissance, 1450-1600Genre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Women of the RenaissanceDDC classification: 305.4/094 | 305.4094 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Contents; SERIES EDITOR'S FOREWORD; INTRODUCTION; 1 Daughters of Eve: Women in the Family; 2 Daughters of Mary: Women and the Church; 3 Virgo et Virago: Women and High Culture; NOTES; WORKS CITED; INDEX
Summary: 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. Of interest to students of European history and women''s studies, King''s volume will also appeal to general readers seeking an informative, engaging entrance into the Renaissance period.
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Contents; SERIES EDITOR'S FOREWORD; INTRODUCTION; 1 Daughters of Eve: Women in the Family; 2 Daughters of Mary: Women and the Church; 3 Virgo et Virago: Women and High Culture; NOTES; WORKS CITED; INDEX

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. Of interest to students of European history and women''s studies, King''s volume will also appeal to general readers seeking an informative, engaging entrance into the Renaissance period.

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Library Journal Review

King claims only to ``visit'' Renaissance women in their world, but she manages far more. She evaluates the evolution of Western European women's circumstances and their place in history. Although divided into three distinct chapters--Women in Families, Women in the Church, and finally Women in High Society--her narrative constantly correlates the status of the Renaissance woman to male society at large. She never allows the reader to lose sight of the larger historical picture, as she appraises evidence from the ninth to the 18th centuries. Even when immersing the reader in statistical data, the personalities of the period are not lost; King is dealing with real people and does so with sensitivity and purpose. The copious footnotes and extensive bibliography will aid scholars in pursuing any tangential avenue. This book is highly recommended for European history and women's studies collections in academic libraries.-- Claibourne G. Williams, Bluefield State Coll. Lib., W. Va. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

Building on her earlier work on humanist women, King has produced a more general survey of women in the Renaissance, focusing on women in the family, women in the church, and women in high culture. King includes material from 1350 to 1650 from all over Europe, although Italian and English examples are most common. One of the book's weaknesses is King's extrapolation from Italian examples. Another is lack of a strong chronological perspective; the work is perhaps more cultural anthropology than history, a sort of female counterpart to Jacob Burckhardt's Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy (1890). Despite these problems, King's book will be very useful for upper-division undergraduates or those starting research in the field because King has synthesized a great deal of material and provides nearly 40 pages of bibliography. Her writing is clear and elegant; the chapter on women and high culture is especially well done. The book requires some familiarity with European history, particularly in the section on religion, so it is not for beginning students. Recommended for all libraries with holdings in European or women's history.

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