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Vives and the Emarginati

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It may seem strange at first to group together a work on the education of women and one on the relief of the poor under the rubric of the emarginati, but to Juan Luis Vives?s way of thinking there was a strong similarity between the underprivileged status of women in his time, solely because of their sex, and the condition of the poor, because of their economic status. In the latter case Vives devised a practical system for dealing with the situation, which was to be implemented by the civil authorities, while for the amelioration of women?s lot he provided, as he says in his preface to Queen Catherine of Aragon, a set of practical rules of life. Vives's De institutione feminae Christianae, while remaining fundamentally traditionalist, contains some attitudes about the status of women that are surprisingly liberal for the time.

Keywords: De institutione feminae Christianae; emarginati; Juan Luis Vives



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