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Women of the Renaissance

Women of the Renaissance

by Melissa Thomson, Ruth Dean, Ruth Dean

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Children's Literature
Part of the "Women in History" series that explores women's roles from the Middle Ages through Colonial America to the Vietnam War, the Renaissance volume is rich in (mainly) unsung heroines. The authors carefully set womankind within the confines of this era, using choice primary source quotations to make their case. A fine example is a poem on the "fatal knot" of marriage: "To the Ladies/Wife and Servant are same/But only differ in the Name." Midwives, spies, musicians, writers, and artists are discussed. Rightly so, emphasis is placed on the limitations these talented human beings had to overcome in order to excel. How does a midwife fight being put out of business by a male doctor who does not know what a uterus is? Could Artemisia Gentileschi have produced her exquisitely violent paintings of Judith beheading Holofernes if she hadn't been raped at the start of her career? Here is history from the feminist slant, welcome and well told. Intelligently chosen and reproduced paintings from the period enhance the text, as do the back matter of notes, index, and annotated bibliography. 2005, Lucent/Thomson/Gale, Ages 10 to 14.
—Kathleen Karr
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-A concise, accessible account of life during this period and the issues specific to women. Chapter divisions provide easy access to topics of interest such as work, art, politics, and religion. Included throughout are examples of women's contributions including poems and writings from journals and diaries, and reproductions of paintings. Sidebars, shaded in beige, add information and primary-source material on such topics as "Regulating the Market Women" and "Women in the Military." They also offer a number of short profiles on individuals such as the pirate Grace O'Malley, the educator Bathsua Makin, and the missionary Luisa de Carvajal. The index is comprehensive, the endnotes are extensive, and the full-color reproductions and a few maps are well placed. This attractive title will serve report writers and general readers.-Denise Moore, O'Gorman Junior High School, Sioux Falls, SD Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Cengage Gale
Publication date:
Women in History Series
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
12 - 15 Years

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