The Education of a Christian Woman Paperback

A Sixteenth-century Manual

by Juan Luis Vives;

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The Education of a Christian Woman

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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 16th-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.

The Education of a Christian Woman by Juan Luis Vives was published by The University of Chicago Press in April 2000 and is our 64408th best seller. The ISBN for The Education of a Christian Woman is 9780226858159.

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Details for The Education of a Christian Woman

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherThe University of Chicago Press (April 2000)
Number of Pages344
Thickness21 mm
Height230 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code1147584
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