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The Voices of Nîmes

Women, Sex, and Marriage in Reformation Languedoc

Suzannah Lipscomb

20 January 2022

ISBN: 9780198797678

400 pages
Paperback
234x156mm

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Price: £12.99

Most of the women who ever lived left no trace of their existence on the record of history. In this book, Suzannah Lipscomb recovers the lives and aspirations of ordinary sixteenth- and seventeenth-century French women, using rich source material to show what they thought about their lives, menfolk, friendships, faith, and sex.

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Most of the women who ever lived left no trace of their existence on the record of history. In this book, Suzannah Lipscomb recovers the lives and aspirations of ordinary sixteenth- and seventeenth-century French women, using rich source material to show what they thought about their lives, menfolk, friendships, faith, and sex.

  • The first book to give us a study of ordinary sixteenth- and seventeenth-century women's concerns about their lives, menfolk, friendships, and faith
  • Uses rare testimonies from over 1,000 ordinary sixteenth- and seventeenth-century women
  • Offers a series of new findings on women's agency and power: women were more publicly powerful than previously believed
  • Provides unique accounts of women's attitudes to, and experience of, marriage and sex - including sex outside marriage, rape and sexual assault, and prostitution

About the Author(s)

Suzannah Lipscomb, Professor of History, University of Roehampton

Suzannah Lipscomb is Professor Emerita of History at the University of Roehampton and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. She received her DPhil in History from Balliol College, Oxford, and was formerly Research Curator at Hampton Court Palace, Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of East Anglia, and Head of the Faculty of History and Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at the New College of the Humanities. She is the author of four other books about the sixteenth century, and has presented historical documentaries on the BBC, ITV, and Channel Five.

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1:Landscape
    2:The Pursuit of Morality
    3:Belief
    4:Social Relations
    5:Marriage and Love
    6:Sex
    7:The Trials of Marriage
    Conclusion

Reviews

"...it would be unwise to deny our pleasure, as works about women, families and sexuality are scarce concerning the Protestant Midi on the second half of the 16th century. The book, furthermore, demonstrates the current dynamism of Early Modern gender studies, both in French and British historiography—and we can but rejoice of it." - Review of modern and contemporary history of Nîmes & du Gard

"[An] elegant and against-the-odds readable journey into women's lives in southern France during a period of social change and religious turmoil. It's a humane and brilliantly told story." - Dan Jones, Waterstones Favourite History Books of the Year 2019

"An exhaustive study ... constitutes a substantive display of scholarly acumen ... The women of Lipscomb's narrative are less devious and more direct about their needs. They have been lucky to find such a gifted chronicler." - Kate Maltby, The Financial Times

"This impressive study vividly re-animates the lived realities of ordinary women in sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Languedoc...This work is essential reading for specialists and students of gender, consistories, and the Protestant Reformation, while its engaging prose and opening chapters on life in Languedoc and how consistories operated make it accessible to all those interested in early modern France." - Linda Briggs, Queen Mary University of London, French Studies

"Lipscomb's painstaking study ... offers new insights into everyday life and popular morality in Reformation France. A finely wrought and colourful mosaic ... the overall result is ... richly satisfying." - Alexandra Walsham, Literary Review

"[R]eaders of The Voices of Nîmes will come away with a vivid sense of women's daily life in a sixteenth-century French town and will learn much from the book." - Allan Tulchin, Shippensburg Univeristy, H-France Review

"This impressive study vividly re-animates the lived realities of ordinary women in sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Languedoc essential reading for specialists and students of gender, consistories, and the Protestant Reformation, while its engaging prose and opening chapters on life in Languedoc and how consistories operated make it accessible to all those interested in early modern France" - Linda Briggs, French Studies

"The Voices of Nîmes is a work of meticulous archival research that not only presents [...] past conversations but breathes them into vivid life. It takes a proficient, passionate and witty storyteller like Lipscomb to detail these stories in a way that transports and moves the reader." - Joanne Paul, History Today

"This is a splendid read. The author has not overplayed her stories. She has not needed to. This is scholarly writing at its readable best." - G. R. Evans, Church Times

"This is a beautiful book, grippingly written, and destined to be a classic of social history" - Professor Sir Simon Schama

"Fascinating book... exceptional fresh insights into gender relations, social life, and religious belief among first generations of protestants in the French Midi" - Robin Briggs, All Souls College, Oxford

"Essential reading for all those interested in the hidden stories of the Reformation and hearing the everyday voices so often left out of history books" - Kate Mosse, Kate Mosse, author of Labyrinth and The Burning Chambers

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