Time, Space, and Women's Lives in Early Modern Europe

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Anne Jacobson Schutte, Thomas Kuehn, Silvana Seidel Menchi
Truman State University Press, 2001 - History - 336 pages

This collection offers a variety of approaches to aspects of women's lives. It moves beyond men's prescriptive pronouncements about female nature to women's lived experiences, replacing the singular woman with plural women and illuminating female agency. The contributors show that women's lives changed over the life course and differed according to region and social class. They also demonstrate that in the early modern period the largely private spaces in women's lives were not enclosed worlds isolated from the public spaces in which men operated.

Contributors to this important collection are leading international scholars and offer strong, substantial, and archival-based research.

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About the author (2001)

Anne Jacobson Schutte, professor of history at the University of Virginia, specializes in religion, culture, and gender in early modern Italy. Her publications include Pier Paolo Vergerio: The Making of an Italian Reformer (1977), Printed Italian Vernacular Religious Books, 1465-1550: A Finding List (1983), and editions in Italian and English of Cecilia Ferrazzi's inquisitorial autobiography (1991, 1996).

Thomas Kuehn, professor of history at Clemson University, is the author of Emancipation in Late Medieval Florence (1982) and Law, Family, and Women: Toward a Legal Anthropology of Renaissance Italy (1991).

Silvana Seidel Menchi is professor of history at the Università degli Studi di Pisa. Among her numerous publications on sixteenth-century religious life, the best known is Erasmo in Italia, 1520-1580 (1987), which has appeared in German and French translations.

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