Protestant and Catholic Reformations

By | August 29, 2019

The other important issue for the role of women at that period was literature as we may find many Catholic and Protestant tests of that time, written by women: manuscripts, various skills for literary activity, books on women rights and etc. Christine de Pizan wrote a number of works, defending the women, for instance, the “City of Ladies”. (Wiesner, 1952)

Furthermore, with the increased devotion of the Blessed Mother in a Catholic nation, the role of women grew inside home and family as well. As a result, women queenship, common to Our Lady Queenship, was greatly emphasized. Hence, the mother of a family received her dignity, rights, a little independence, and what’s more, a respect. However, is should be mentioned that with the Protestant reformation this aspect of the mutual respect and dignity suffered significantly.

To sum up, after the Protestant and Catholic Reformations, the role of women changed a lot: women began participating in different movements and charity organizations, started writing various manuscripts and theological works. Of course, they met a number of problems in achieving their goals as men were against women rights and freedom and did all that they could to resist them. However, women managed to achieve a number of their goals.


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