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Women in the Streets: Essays on Sex and Power in Renaissance Italy
"These seven essays on women, sex, violence, and piety in Renaissance Italy," writes historian Samuel Cohn Jr., "bespeak the darker side of the Renaissance and, in particular, the decline in Italian women's status from the late fourteenth century until the Counter Reformation visitations of the 1570s. In this sense, these essays run directly counter to Jacob Burckhardt's c ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published December 11th 1996 by Johns Hopkins University Press
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Did women have a renaissance? Seven separate essays, heavily footnoted, tracing the decline in the status of women in the Renaissance. The author concludes that women lost social and economic power in the Renaissance due to increasing importance of male lineage and inheritance. Documented studies based on analysis of court records, wills, dowry funds of nuns, female infanticide,etc.
Samuel K. Cohn, Jr., is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Glasgow.More about Samuel K. Cohn Jr....