Voices from the Archives: The Secret Lives of 16th-Century Women

16.30 – 17.20

Sunday 5th April

Most of the women who ever lived left no trace of their existence on the record of history. Sixteenth- and seventeenth-century women of the middling and lower levels of society left no letters or diaries in which they expressed what they felt or thought. In this fascinating talk, Professor Suzannah Lipscomb draws upon her magisterial study of French consistorial courts to reveal the everyday lives of ordinary women: their speech, behaviour, and attitudes relating to love, faith, and marriage, as well as friendship and sex.

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