Women at the Turn of the 16th Century
For dozens of years before and after the year 1500, thousands of women appeared before the ecclesiastic tribunal in Troy. Victims and accusers, these women of diverse backgrounds (from peasants to bourgeois and nobles) bear witness to the feminine condition at the turn of the century. Thanks to the tribunal’s exhaustive archives, Jacques Solé was able to recreate here a vision of everyday life at that period. We learn, for example, that despite protection from Christian institutions, women suffered greatly at the hands of men. At a time when food was scarce, widows, concubines and prostitutes were left to fend for themselves. Yet the author also uncovers the amazing stories of women who imposed their strong personalities, who fought for their independence and knew how to take advantage of the weaknesses of men. A revelatory work that exposes the complexity of French society at the turn of the 16th century.
Jacques Solé : Jacques Solé is a professor at the University Pierre Mendès France in Grenoble. He has most notably published L’Amour en Occident à l’époque moderne (Albin Michel, 1976) and L’Age d’or de la prostitution (Plon, 1993).