Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 8186
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Lawless , Catherine
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  • Title: Women on the Margins: The "Beloved" and the "Mistress" in Renaissance Florence [The author discusses women who were in irrgular relationships with men, whether as idealized love objects or in extra-marital sexual relationships. The women involved range from the daughters of the most important families and nuns to slaves and poor women. While wealthy young brides like Ginevra de'Benci could flirt with romantic love without loss of status, concubines who lived outside the family structure risked marginality and illegitimacy for their children. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: Studies on Medieval and Early Modern Women: Pawns or Players?  Edited by Christine Meek and Catherine Lawless.  Four Courts Press, 2003.  Pages 111 - 130.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Concubines Courtly Love Florence Illegitimacy Man Woman Relationships Sexuality Slaves Social Class
  • Geographic Area: Italy
  • Century: 14- 15
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  • Author's Affiliation: University of Limerick
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  • Year of Publication: 2003.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 1851827749
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