Women's Secrets: A Translation of Pseudo-Albertus Magnus' De Secretis Mulierum with Commentaries / Edition 1

Women's Secrets: A Translation of Pseudo-Albertus Magnus' De Secretis Mulierum with Commentaries / Edition 1

by Helen Rodnite Lemay, Helen Rodnite Lemay
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0791411443

ISBN-13: 9780791411445

Pub. Date: 10/14/1992

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Women’s Secrets provides the first modern translation of the notorious treatise De secretis mulierum, popular throughout the late middle ages and into modern times. The Secrets deals with human reproduction and was written to instruct celibate medieval monks on the facts of life and some of the ways of the universe. However, the book had a much more far-reaching

Overview

Women’s Secrets provides the first modern translation of the notorious treatise De secretis mulierum, popular throughout the late middle ages and into modern times. The Secrets deals with human reproduction and was written to instruct celibate medieval monks on the facts of life and some of the ways of the universe. However, the book had a much more far-reaching influence. Lemay shows how its message that women were evil, lascivious creatures built on the misogyny of the work’s Aristotelian sources and laid the groundwork for serious persecution of women.

Both the content of the treatise and the reputation of its author (erroneously believed to be Albertus Magnus) inspired a few medieval scholars to compose lengthy commentaries on the text, substantial selections from which are included, providing further evidence of how medieval men interpreted science and viewed the female body.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791411445
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
10/14/1992
Series:
SUNY series in Medieval Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
210
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Authors, Dates of Composition, and the Text
Sources
Human Generation
Astrology
The Secrets of Women

De Secretis Mulierum (On the Secrets of Women)

Preface

I: On the Generation of the Embryo
II: On the Formation of the Fetus
III: Concerning the Influence of the Planets
IV: On the Generation of Imperfect Animals
V: On the Exit of the Fetus from the Uterus
VI: Concerning Monsters in Nature
VII: On the Signs of Conception
VIII: On the Signs of Whether a Male or Female Is in the Uterus
IX: On the Signs of Corruption of Virginity
X: On the Signs of Chastity
XI: Concerning a Defect of the Womb
XII: Concerning Impediments to Conception
[XIII]Last: On the Generation of the Sperm

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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