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Published: 07 November 1991

310 Pages | 11 b/w plates, 15 tables, 1 graph

ISBN: 9780198202806

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The Holy Household

Women and Morals in Reformation Augsburg

Lyndal Roper

A Clarendon Press Publication

Oxford Studies in Social History

This is a fascinating study of the impact of the Reformation idea of "civic righteousness" on the position of women in Augsburg. 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 the Reformation on women have been viewed largely as beneficial--Protestantism being linked with the forces of progressivism, individualism, and modernization. Roper here argues that such a view of the Reformation's legacy is a profound misreading, and that the status of women was, in fact, worsened by the Reformation.