Amazons, Wives, Nuns, and Witches: Women and the Catholic by Carole A. Myscofski

By Carole A. Myscofski

The Roman Catholic church performed a dominant position in colonial Brazil, in order that women’s lives within the colony have been formed and limited by way of the Church’s beliefs for natural ladies, in addition to through parallel strategies within the Iberian honor code for ladies. files left by way of Jesuit missionaries, Roman Catholic church officers, and Portuguese Inquisitors clarify that women’s day-by-day lives and their possibilities for marriage, schooling, and non secular perform have been sharply circumscribed in the course of the colonial interval. but those similar files additionally offer evocative glimpses of the non secular ideals and practices that have been particularly adored or independently built by means of girls for his or her personal use, constituting a separate global for better halves, moms, concubines, nuns, and witches.

Drawing on broad unique examine in fundamental manuscript and published resources from Brazilian libraries and files, in addition to secondary Brazilian historic works, Carole Myscofski proposes to write down Brazilian ladies again into background, to appreciate how they lived their lives in the society created via the Portuguese imperial executive and Luso-Catholic ecclesiastical associations. Myscofski deals targeted explorations of the Catholic colonial perspectives of the suitable lady, the styles in women’s schooling, the spiritual perspectives on marriage and sexuality, the background of women’s convents and retreat homes, and the advance of magical practices between ladies in that period. one of many few wide-ranging histories of girls in colonial Latin the United States, this ebook makes a very important contribution to our wisdom of the early glossy Atlantic World.

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