State of Virginity: Gender, Religion, and Politics in an Early Modern Catholic State

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Winner: 2005 Book Award from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women; Selected by the German Studies Association as one of the top five books of 2004 in early modern history

"A fresh, original study of gender roles and religious ideology in the early modern Catholic state. . . . Using a rich array of archival sources, Strasser explores ways in which an increasingly centralized Bavarian government in Munich inaugurated marriage and convent reforms and a civil religion based on the veneration of the Virgin Mary. Her carefully selected case studies show how church and state collaborated to produce a shared discourse and consistent policies proscribing extramarital sex, and excluding those without property from marriage. " 


Ulrike Strasser is Associate Professor of History, Affiliate Faculty in Women's Studies, and Core Faculty in Religious Studies at the University of California, Irvine.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Discursive and Institutional Foundations, 1550-1600
1 Which Public Matters Most? Rites of Marriage Formation 27
2 Nuns and Whores: Houses of Women in the Male Public Sphere 57
Pt. II Engendering the Catholic Polity: The Thirty Years' War and Its Aftermath
3 Pregnant Bodies, Personal Purity, and Public Goods 89
4 Behind Closed Doors: The Public Dimensions of Private Acts 119
5 Public Services and Private Lives: Schooling Women for Society 149
Conclusion and Epilogue 173
Notes 179
Bibliography 219
Index 237
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