Status Of Italian Renaissance Women Between 1350-1650

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AP European History Status of Italian Renaissance Women Between 1350-1650 During the 1300s, Europe and its people were altering. Throughout this time, people began to question their former way of living. They now thought that life didn’t have to be entirely about working and suffering to get into heaven, but instead about a more opulent way of life. This new way of thinking was called humanism and it was materializing. Europe was entering a period of “rebirth” of art, literature, culture, and learning that was lost at the fall of the Greek and Roman empires. Europe left the Middle Ages and crossed into the Renaissance. Europe was changing itself, but how did this shift impinge on the women of Europe? The Middle or Dark Ages was a time fear, but women had legal rights, freedom, and had the opportunity to do more. They could possess land , much like men, but they were regarded as belongings to their husband or father. Women could also participate in various professional roles in society and attain a number of trades. The Renaissance, however, was much different for women. They were believed to be substandard to their spouses. Women were, essentially, wives and mothers to their children. Some of their responsibilities included preparing meals, cleaning, entertaining, having and nurturing children, and keep the home in order. Women were thought to be useful if they could bear a child, more likely a son. If the child were, instead, a daughter, they were a disappointment. A daughter could do nothing for her family for she was not physically powerful. They were believed to be repressive influences on her family and considered a double burden: “the preservation of their chastity and the provision of a dowry” (http://bctf.ca). “Boys are sent to learn

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