- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1 edition (15 January 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0801474744
- ISBN-13: 978-0801474743
- Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.2 x 23.5 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 540 g
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The Good Wife's Guide (Le Menagier de Paris): A Medieval Household Book Paperback – 15 Jan 2009
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''Gina L. Greco and Christine M. Rose bring to The Good Wife's Guide well-translated and dignified prose, intelligent commentary, and up-to-date scholarship. They have done a service to all those who teach medieval literature, women's literature, gender studies, and late medieval culture by having gracefully and carefully prepared a text of such significance and interest.''-Lynn Staley, Harrington and Shirley Drake Professor of the Humanities and Medieval and Renaissance Studies in the Department of English, Colgate University
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Gina L. Greco is Associate Professor of French at Portland State University. Christine M. Rose is Professor of English at Portland State University.
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*"Regarding domestic animals, witness that a greyhound, mastiff, or small dog, whether it is walking on the road, at table, or in bed, always stays closest to the person from whom he takes his food and neglects and is distant and timid with all others. If the dog is far off, he always has his heart and eye on his master. Even if his master beats him or casts stones at him, the dog follows him, wagging his tail and fawning before his master to appease him."
*Raise a whole bunch of hawks
*Only read correspondence that is from my husband; if I get correspondence from anyone else, pretend I only know how to read his handwriting
*"Steer clear of swaggering, idle young men who live beyond their means, and who, possessing no land or lineage, become dancers." That is actually some solid advice.
*"this word 'obedience' can be understood and explained as: in any situation, under any terms, in any place or season, you must perform without objecting all his orders whatever they may be. For recognize that since he is a rational man and of natural good sense, he will not command anything without cause and will not let you do anything unreasonable."
*"When the husbands perceive that the wives are becoming less solicitous and more domineering and that something awful could come of tolerating the situation, the wives are felled with one stroke, by their husbands' rightful will, just as was Lucifer, the leader of the angels of Paradise, whom our Lord so loved that He allowed and tolerated him to do as he pleased, whereby Lucifer grew haughty with pride and presumptuousness."
*"If you cannot prevent him from abusing you in anger, take care not to complain to your friends or anyone else, since should he discover your conversations, he would be bound to regard you unfavorably because of the disclosure, and he would not forget about it. Rather, go into your chamber and weep gently and quietly in a low voice and complain to God. That is what wise ladies do."
It is very much like a proto-"Fascinating Womanhood," and some college student would find the comparison a profitable subject for a paper.
This work is the first complete English translation. The authors are professors of English and French whose skills really complement each other in bringing this work to light.
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