Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Worth of Women: Wherein Is Clearly Revealed Their Nobility and Their Superiority to Men (The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe) ” as Want to Read:
The Worth of Women: Wherein Is Clearly Revealed Their Nobility and Their Superiority to Men (The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Worth of Women: Wherein Is Clearly Revealed Their Nobility and Their Superiority to Men (The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe) (The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe: The Chicago Series)

by
4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  73 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews

Gender equality and the responsibility of husbands and fathers: issues that loom large today had currency in Renaissance Venice as well, as evidenced by the publication in 1600 of The Worth of Women by Moderata Fonte.

Moderata Fonte was the pseudonym of Modesta Pozzo (1555–92), a Venetian woman who was something of an anomaly. Neither cloistered in a convent nor as liberat

...more
ebook, 0 pages
Published June 28th 1997 by University of Chicago Press (first published 1600)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Worth of Women, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Worth of Women

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Shari
Oct 12, 2012 Shari rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another book from University of Chicago Press's Other Voice series, but this one is a bit different. I am not sure how much I can contribute this difference to the translator, Virginia Cox. This reads easier, not constrained by the dialogic tempo of the books I've read earlier in this series.

The seven women taking part in this dialogue are conversing easily with each other, with much humor and outspokenness. They have very definite personalities and this serves to reveal much about their societ
...more
Rita
Jun 24, 2014 Rita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved reading this book. People have been saying again and again and again that feminism was born (no pun intended) in 60s and 70s of the last century, dismissing all writing of the nature that came before it. It's widely believed that women did not think of themselves as a separate class in society until then.
Well, have a look at this. And wonder what other such works are missing for lack or translation/publication.
JP Beaty
Jan 26, 2017 JP Beaty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This text was interesting in the beginning but the second part took a very strange turn to a fascinating look at scientific discourse in the 16th century. Gives you a very interesting look at a total view of a woman's intellectual life in the 16th century.
Kaylee
May 13, 2014 Kaylee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Three stars for the content of the book, five stars for the translation. The introductions (yes there's more than one) do a good job of discussing the historical context for the book without degenerating too much into scholar-ese. The copious footnotes are mostly of the useful sort. I think just about every reference to obscure Greek and Roman figures is explained in a concise, interesting way. The content is easily accessible to someone with just a passing interest in the subject.

The second da
...more
Kagama-the Literaturevixen
I doubt if I will ever read this...but the title I just love it. Makes it sound like a chicklit book.

Wait... a chicklit set in the 16th century? Where is that book?
Alessio
Alessio rated it liked it
Mar 27, 2015
Crystal
Crystal rated it it was ok
May 18, 2011
Cara Tatum
Cara Tatum rated it it was amazing
Sep 17, 2015
Christina
Christina rated it it was amazing
Apr 17, 2009
Chelsey
Chelsey rated it it was amazing
Jun 16, 2015
Karoline
Karoline rated it liked it
Dec 18, 2016
J.R. Zyon
J.R. Zyon rated it really liked it
May 21, 2015
Fran Marsha'
Fran Marsha' rated it really liked it
May 13, 2013
Jaimee
Jaimee rated it really liked it
Jan 06, 2015
Irene Schneider
Irene Schneider rated it did not like it
Dec 21, 2012
Chelsea
Chelsea rated it really liked it
Dec 28, 2010
Mcdanielecars
Mcdanielecars rated it it was ok
Mar 12, 2013
Nessa
Nessa rated it it was amazing
Aug 12, 2009
Alison
Alison rated it really liked it
Mar 15, 2011
Catherine
Catherine rated it liked it
Sep 09, 2015
Marsa Morse
Marsa Morse rated it really liked it
Aug 14, 2014
Charlotte Surratt
Charlotte Surratt rated it it was ok
Nov 02, 2016
In
In rated it really liked it
Aug 11, 2015
Stefanie
Stefanie rated it it was amazing
Sep 28, 2009
David
David rated it it was amazing
Sep 16, 2015
Elizabeth
Elizabeth rated it liked it
Apr 29, 2013
Jules Kendrick
Jules Kendrick rated it it was amazing
Oct 22, 2009
electrise
electrise rated it really liked it
Sep 12, 2015
Morris Shoop
Morris Shoop rated it it was amazing
Sep 27, 2012
Amanda
Amanda rated it liked it
Aug 01, 2012
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Answer & La Respuesta
  • The Honest Courtesan: Veronica Franco, Citizen and Writer in Sixteenth-Century Venice
  • History of Women in the West, Volume III: Renaissance and the Enlightenment Paradoxes
  • Women's Lives in Medieval Europe: A Sourcebook
  • Virgins of Venice: Broken Vows and Cloistered Lives in the Renaissance Convent
  • Empress Matilda: Queen Consort, Queen Mother and Lady of the English
  • When Abortion Was a Crime: Women, Medicine, and Law in the United States, 1867-1973
  • Orlando Innamorato (Orlando in Love)
  • Poems and Selected Letters
  • Reading the Romance: Women, Patriarchy, and Popular Literature
  • Witch Craze: Terror and Fantasy in Baroque Germany
  • Born Losers: A History of Failure in America
  • Mothers and Others: The Evolutionary Origins of Mutual Understanding
  • A Royal Passion: The Turbulent Marriage of King Charles I of England and Henrietta Maria of France
  • Sayyid Qutb and the Origins of Radical Islamism
  • A Scandalous Life: The Biography of Jane Digby
  • Flights of Passage: Recollections of a World War II Aviator
  • Early Modern England, 1485-1714: A Narrative History
893320
Moderata Fonte, pseudonym of Modesta Pozzo (1555-1592) was an Italian writer from Venice. Besides the posthumously-published dialogue, Il merito delle donne (The Worth of Women, 1600) for which she is best known, she wrote a romance and religious poetry.
More about Moderata Fonte...

Other Books in the Series

The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe: The Chicago Series (1 - 10 of 57 books)
  • Declamation on the Nobility and Preeminence of the Female Sex
  • Florentine Drama for Convent and Festival: Seven Sacred Plays
  • Autobiography of an Aspiring Saint
  • Dialogue on the Infinity of Love
  • Collected Letters of a Renaissance Feminist
  • Whether a Christian Woman Should Be Educated and Other Writings from Her Intellectual Circle
  • Poems and Selected Letters
  • The Nobility and Excellence of Women and the Defects and Vices of Men
  • The Education of a Christian Woman: A Sixteenth-Century Manual
  • Life and Death in a Venetian Convent: The Chronicle and Necrology of Corpus Domini, 1395-1436

Share This Book



“Do you really believe ... that everything historians tell us about men – or about women – is actually true? You ought to consider the fact that these histories have been written by men, who never tell the truth except by accident.” 490 likes
“[M]en, though they know full well how much women are worth and how great the benefits we bring them, nonetheless seek to destroy us out of envy for our merits. It's just like the crow, when it produces white nestlings: it is so stricken by envy, knowing how black it is itself, that it kills its own offspring out of pique.” 84 likes
More quotes…