Erasmus on Women

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University of Toronto Press, Jan 1, 1996 - Social Science - 251 pages
Although the texts in this collection are by a single author, they offer a kaleidoscope of views current in the Renaissance. Erasmus' comments on women range from ad hoc remarks in his letters to lengthy treatises on marriage and widowhood, from lively dialogues with a mixed cast of virgins and mothers, housewives and harlots, to a funeral oration for a matriarch. Because Erasmus appropriates a variety of voices, the texts offer a mixture of traditional and progressive thought.
 

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Contents

UNMARRIED WOMEN
11
A Safe Haven?
23
The Solution?
39
The Institution of Marriage
79
A Counselling Session
131
A Marriage in Name Only
145
The New Mother
156
The Abbot and the Learned Lady
174
WIDOWS
187
An Obituary for a Christian Widow
230
Chronology of Erasmus Life
243
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Erika Rummel is a professor emerita in the Department of History at Wilfrid Laurier University and an adjunct professor at Emmanuel College, University of Toronto.

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