A History of Women in the West: v. 3: Renaissance and Enlightenment Paradoxes

This text, the third volume of A History of Women in the West series, draws a picture of women in early modern Europe, considering them in a context of work, marriage and family. It portrays the woman as she appears in a variety of representations, from simple woodcuts and popular literature to master paintings, and as the focal point of a debate - sometimes humourous, sometimes acrimonious - conducted in every field: letters, arts, philosophy, the sciences and medicine. Against oppressive experience, confining laws, and repetitous claims about female nature , women took initiative by quiet manoeuvres and dissidence.