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Page 1 of 9 Jorge Arias EUH2000 – EXAM #2 July 28, 2008 Women and Society in Renaissance Europe-Western women have fought a centuries long battle for human rights and respect. In spite of the cultural and social progress made in Europe during the Renaissance it was still business as usual when it came to women. How was this attitude reflected in the Renaissance view of the education of women and their subsequent cultural contributions during the time? Women during the Renaissance time in Western Europe can be described by different characteristics: education, love, marriage, labor, made, prostitution, feminism, church, religion and literature. These characteristics have been developed and drastically changed over the years due to multiple reasons. During the middle ages, teaching was a field reserved for men because being a cleric was an indispensable condition to enter the culture. Only the nuns used to receive, at their conventions, a very complete education, which included Latin and Greek. In the second part of the thirteen-century, a female school was built in Paris. In some other zones, schools that accepted boys as well as girls; nevertheless, girls were not allowed to continue after elementary school, while boys had the opportunity to advance. The renaissance saw three types of women: the ones who wanted to hear about love, the ones who denied hearing about it, and the ones who only dedicated themselves to the sexual part of it. These last few were discussed and left alone at their own luck. The first norm of love was generosity, which had to be as moral as spiritual. During
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Page 2 of 9 Jorge Arias EUH2000 – EXAM #2 July 28, 2008 the Middle Ages people had the “Amor cortês,” which contained the love norms. When couples were put to trail, women were the judges and they used the Amor cortês at the hearings. Marriage wasn’t a sacrament until the XII century. It imposed a huge improvement for women because divorce was prohibited and repudiation was also prohibited. Marriage allowed women to have some equity with men; Additionally, church began to sanctify some married women. The goods of a marriage were administered by men, which only caused issues in the royal families. Work was appointed to those who were not involved in war or church. Women helped in the field labors with the rest of their families as they also collaborated with their men at their work. Only some women used to work on their own: the noble ladies of honor, the sexual servants, and the slaves. Women started to work between the ages of six and thirteen. Another responsibility of women was to be the nucleus of their homes. They used to do the tasks for the house as well as educating the children. Prostitution was persecuted by church during the thirteen-
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This note was uploaded on 10/16/2008 for the course EUH 2000 taught by Professor Idrem during the Spring '08 term at FIT.

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