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Gender Issues in Ancient and Reformation Translations of Genesis 1-4$
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Helen Kraus

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199600786

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199600786.001.0001

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Women and Marriage in Reformation Europe 1

Women and Marriage in Reformation Europe 1

(p.95) Chapter 5 Women and Marriage in Reformation Europe1
Gender Issues in Ancient and Reformation Translations of Genesis 1-4

Helen Kraus

Oxford University Press

Moving to early Modernity, we find women emerging from a mediaeval period that proved more liberal than is often supposed, though still far from emancipated. The powerlessness of many – not exclusively women – encouraged recourse to witchcraft, in turn engendering a fear of women, which ultimately led to their domestication: the home as a virtuous woman's place. Marriage as an institution gained status with both Reformers and Counter‐Reformers, and those outside it were regarded with suspicion. Women living celibate lives in closed communities were forced out into an unwelcoming society and the education of women, an important aspect of convent life, suffered accordingly. It is uncertain whether a woman's lot improved or deteriorated with the Reformation; it seems doubtful that women's ordinary lives changed significantly.

Keywords:   emancipation, witchcraft, domestication, marriage, celibacy, education, convent, Reformation

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