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The Instruction of a Christian Woman Juan Luis Vives

The Instruction of a Christian Woman

Juan Luis Vives

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ISBN : 9780252026775
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400 pages
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This edition of The Instruction of a Christen Woman is the first to provide the modern reader with the complete text of the single most influential book in Tudor England concerning women and how they should live their lives.The Instruction of aMoreThis edition of The Instruction of a Christen Woman is the first to provide the modern reader with the complete text of the single most influential book in Tudor England concerning women and how they should live their lives.The Instruction of a Christen Woman, Richard Hyrdes translation of the seminal pedagogical treatise by the Spanish humanist Juan Luis Vives, presents a systematic discussion of the behavior, dress, speech, diet, movement, and reading materials appropriate to a woman at various stages of her life, as maid, wife, and widow. Capturing the eras conflicted ideas about women and perhaps reflecting Vivess own discomfort as a converted Jew within European Christianity, the English version of the treatise is an essential document for the study of women in Tudor England.In April 1523 Vives dedicated his Latin handbook of rules and preceptes to lyve by to his county-woman Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of Henry VIII, presenting it as a model for the education of her daughter, the Princess Mary. Coming to England soon after, Vives was offered a post at Oxford by Cardinal Wolsey. Soon a favorite at the court of Henry and Catherine, Vives established a strong friendship with Thomas More, in whose household he may have met Richard Hyrde, translator of the work.This old-spelling edition of The Instruction of a Christen Woman includes a substantial introduction that sets the book within its biographical and historical contexts.