Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 8469
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Dronzek , Anna.
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  • Title: Gendered Theories of Education in Fifteenth-Century Conduct Books [The author compares texts written for boys and girls and argues that medieval ideas about gender affected both content and teaching methods. Boys learned visually, could handle abstract ideas, and did not need examples of violence to ensure obedience, while girls learned by listening, could only understand the concrete, and had to be threatened with corporal punishment regularly to preserve their sexual purity and by extension the family's honor. The texts the author analyzes are: For girls: "The Good Wife Taught Her Daughter" "The Good Wyfe Wold a Pylgremage" "The Book of the Knight of the Tower" For boys: "The Babees Book" "Lerne or Be Lewde" "The ABC of Aristotle" "Urbanitatis" "The Lytylle Childrenes Lytil Boke" "The Young Children's Book" "Stans puer ad mensam" "How the Wise Man Taught His Son" "The Boke of Curtasye" "Symon's Lesson of Wysedome for All Maner Chyldryn." Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: Medieval Conduct.  Edited by Kathleen Ashley and Robert L. A. Clark.  Medieval Cultures, Volume 29. University of Minnesota Press, 2001.  Pages 135 - 159.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Abstraction versus Literal-Minded Thinking Body Corporal Punishment Education Gender Girls Handbooks Honor Human Behavior Literature- Verse Readers Women's Nature
  • Geographic Area: British Isles
  • Century: 15
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  • Author's Affiliation: University of Minnesota, Morris
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  • Year of Publication: 2001.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0816635757
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