The Education of a Christian Woman: A Sixteenth-Century Manual (Google eBook)

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University of Chicago Press, Nov 1, 2007 - Social Science - 374 pages
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"From meetings and conversation with men, love affairs arise. In the midst of pleasures, banquets, dances, laughter, and self-indulgence, Venus and her son Cupid reign supreme. . . . Poor young girl, if you emerge from these encounters a captive prey! How much better it would have been to remain at home or to have broken a leg of the body rather than of the mind!" So wrote the sixteenth-century Spanish humanist Juan Luis Vives in a famous work dedicated to Henry VIII's daughter, Princess Mary, but intended for a wider audience interested in the education of women.

Praised by Erasmus and Thomas More, Vives advocated education for all women, regardless of social class and ability. From childhood through adolescence to marriage and widowhood, this manual offers practical advice as well as philosophical meditation and was recognized soon after publication in 1524 as the most authoritative pronouncement on the universal education of women. Arguing that women were intellectually equal if not superior to men, Vives stressed intellectual companionship in marriage over procreation, and moved beyond the private sphere to show how women's progress was essential for the good of society and state.
  

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Contents

A Note on the Text
43
Book I
53
On tfce Instruction oj Young Girls
63
Which Writers Are to Be Read and Which Not to Be Read
73
On Virginity
80
How the Young Woman Will Treat Her Body
87
On the Virtues oj a Woman and the Examples She Should Imitate
125
On Love Affairs m
144
How She Should Behave at Home
254
On Children and the Care That Must Be Taken of Them
265
On the TwiceMarried and Stepmothers 2 83
283
How She Will Behave with Her Relatives and InLaws
287
How She Is to Behave with Her Married Son or Daughter with Her SoninLaw and DaughterinLaw
291
On a Married Woman of Advanced Years
294
Book III
297
On the Mourning of Widows
299

On the Love Befitting a Virgin
153
On Seeking a Spouse
155
Book II
173
What Thoughts Should Occupy the Mind of a Woman When She Marries i 75
175
Two Points oj Greatest Importance for the Married Woman
186
On the Concord of Married Couples
210
How She Will Conduct Herself Privately with Her Husband
223
On Jealousy
230
On Adornments
236
On Behavior in Public
243
On the Husbands Funeral
305
On the Memory of Ones Husband
309
On tire Chastity and Moral Rectitude of a Widow 3
315
How She Should Behave in Public 3
318
On Second Marriages
322
Appendix
327
Biblical References Index 33 4
331
General Index
335
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