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Refractory Women: The Limits Of Power In The French Reformed Church

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This chapter explores a discovery in the interactions of the French Reformed Consistory and early modern women. The consistory, whose mission was the extirpation of all transgressions of its own strict version of Biblical morality, has been acknowledged as patriarchal in approach. The consistorial system of surveillance and control relied on information from women's networks of gossip and rumor, whilst women adopted strategies to use the consistory to their own desired ends. In addition, even in the areas where the men of the consistory explicitly sought to demonstrate their patriarchal moral authority, they met the limits of their power. The chapter raises some important issues about the way the consistory's attempts to impose patriarchy were flawed, and their actions towards women necessarily variable and interdependent. The result of these limits on their power was to compromise the impact of the consistories in shaping southern French society to their intended ends.

Keywords: Biblical morality; early modern women; French reformed consistory; patriarchy; southern French society



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