Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 8873
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Vecchio , Silvana.
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  • Title: The Good Wife [Pastoral literature aimed at women helped spread church doctrine on women’s duties in marriage, often using examples from the lives of virtuous Biblical figures like Sarah or of female saints. These writings and others (like sermons) support the Aristotelian doctrine of marriage as a relationship between unequal partners; the wife must be faithful and submit to the will of her husband. The article also provides an overview of social views on the role of the husband as master and guide to the wife and family as well as the wife’s supplemental role in household management and the education and raising of children. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: A History of Women in the West. Volume 2: Silences of the Middle Ages.  Edited by Christiane Klapisch-Zuber.  Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1992.  Pages 105 - 135.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Family Handbooks Households Human Behavior Husbands Literature- Prose Marriage Mothers Pastoral Care Social Roles Wives Women in Literature
  • Geographic Area: General
  • Century: General
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  • Author's Affiliation: University of Pavia
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  • Year of Publication: 1992.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0674403711
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