The Holy Household: Women and Morals in Reformation Augsburg

Paperback | September 1, 1992

byLyndal Roper

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This is a fascinating study of the impact of the Reformation idea of `civic righteousness' on the position of women in Augsburg. Lyndal Roper argues that its development, both as a religious credo and as a social movement, must be understood in terms of gender. Until now the effects of theReformation on women have been regarded as largely beneficial: this book argues that such a view of the Reformation's legacy is a profound misreading, and that the status of women was, in fact, worsened. The Holy Household is the first scholarly account of how the Reformation affected half of society. It greatly advances our understanding of the Reformation, of feminist history, and of the place of women in European society.

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This is a fascinating study of the impact of the Reformation idea of `civic righteousness' on the position of women in Augsburg. Lyndal Roper argues that its development, both as a religious credo and as a social movement, must be understood in terms of gender. Until now the effects of theReformation on women have been regarded as la...

Lyndal Roper is at University of London.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:306 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.79 inPublished:September 1, 1992Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198202806

ISBN - 13:9780198202806

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`Roper still provides abundant evidence that the Protestant model for women was more restrictive than the earlier Catholic one. In this well-written, revisionist, and thoroughly scholarly work she has successfully established that the reformed model for womanhood was as subservient wifehood."Retha M. Warnicke, Arizona State University, German Studies Review, October 1991