A History of Women's Political Thought in Europe, 1400-1700

A History of Women's Political Thought in Europe, 1400-1700

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by Jacqueline Broad, Karen Green
     
 

This ground-breaking book surveys the history of women's political thought in Europe from the late medieval period to the early modern era. The authors examine women's ideas about topics such as the basis of political authority, the best form of political organisation, justifications of obedience and resistance, and concepts of liberty, toleration, sociability,… See more details below

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This ground-breaking book surveys the history of women's political thought in Europe from the late medieval period to the early modern era. The authors examine women's ideas about topics such as the basis of political authority, the best form of political organisation, justifications of obedience and resistance, and concepts of liberty, toleration, sociability, equality and self-preservation. Women's ideas concerning relations between the sexes are discussed in tandem with their broader political outlooks; and the authors demonstrate that the development of a distinctively sexual politics is reflected in women's critiques of marriage, the double standard and women's exclusion from government. Women writers are also shown to be indebted to the ancient idea of political virtue, and to be acutely aware of being part of a long tradition of female political commentary. This work will be of tremendous interest to political philosophers, historians of ideas, and feminist scholars alike.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521888172
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2009
Pages:
346
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

1 Christine de Pizan 10

2 Women of the Italian Renaissance 38

3 From Anne de Beaujeu to Marguerite de Navarre 60

4 Queen Elizabeth I of England 90

5 From the Reformation co Marie le Jars de Gournay 110

6 Women of the English civil war era 140

7 Quaker women 162

8 The Fronde and Madeleine de Scudery 180

9 Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle 199

10 Women of the Glorious Revolution 225

11 Women of late seventeenth-century France 247

12 Mary Astell 265

Bibliography 293

Index 327

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