Declamation on the Nobility and Preeminence of the Female by Henricus Cornelius Agrippa, Albert Rabil Jr.

By Henricus Cornelius Agrippa, Albert Rabil Jr.

Originally released in 1529, the Declamation at the Preeminence and the Aristocracy of the feminine Sex argues that girls are greater than equivalent to males in all issues that truly topic, together with the general public spheres from which that they had lengthy been excluded.

Rather than at once refuting winning knowledge, Agrippa makes use of women's superiority as a rhetorical gadget and overturns the misogynistic interpretations of the feminine physique in Greek medication, within the Bible, in Roman and canon legislations, in theology and ethical philosophy, and in politics. He raised the query of why ladies have been excluded and supplied solutions established no longer on intercourse yet on social conditioning, schooling, and the prejudices in their extra robust oppressors. His declamation, disseminated in the course of the printing press, illustrated the ability of that new medium, quickly for use to generate a bigger reformation of religion.

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Further, Agrippa argues that children are more like their mothers than their fathers in character: if their mothers are wise, so are their children, and vice versa, though wise fathers often beget stupid children; naturally, then, we love our mothers more than we love our fathers, because there is more of our mothers than of our fathers in us. All of these contentions are direct contradictions of Aristotle's psychology. But the capstone of his 33. See the translation, n. 50. 34 "Nearly all the encyclopedists repeated the litany, taken by ISIdore of Seville from Pliny and transmitted to the Middle Ages, about the nefarious effects of menstrual blood That foul substance was blamed for preventing seeds from germinating, for turning grape mash bitter, for killing herbs, for causing trees to shed their fruit, for rustmg Iron and blackening brass, for giving dogs rabies.

17). She negotiated the Peace of Cambrai with Margaret of Austria (to whom Agrippa dedicated his declamation on women) in t 529, bringing to a close the war between Francis and Charles V. The duke of Bourbon rebelled in 1523 and was still Francis's principal internal enemy In t 526 when Louise asked Agrippa to cast the king's horoscope. See Gordon Griffiths, "Louise of Savoy," Contemporaries of Erasmus,3:201-2, and sources cited. Agrippa and the Feminist Tradition bon. " It is therefore not surprising that he was cut off from the court and that his last year or so in France was lived in great poverty and increasing bitterness.

References are by volume number of a particular author (if there is more than one volume) followed by page number(s). Ian Maclean, The RenaissanceNotion of Woman:A Study in theFortunesof Scholasticismand MedicalSciencein EuropeanIntellectualLife. Cambridge, 1980. Charles G. , Agrippa and the Crisis of Renaissance Thought. , 1965. A SelectLibraryof Niceneand Post-NiceneFathers,ed. Philip Schaff et al.. series 1, Augustine and Chrysostom, 14 volumes; series 2, other post-Nicene fathers, 14 volumes.

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