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Belief and Unbelief: Suggestions for Further Reading

"Gender and Belief in the Early Modern World"

(i) Gender in the Early Modern World (general)

Mark Breitenberg, Anxious Masculinity in Early Modern England (Cambridge: CUP, 1996).

Margaret W. Ferguson, Dido’s Daughters: Literacy, Gender, and Empire in Early Modern England and France (University of Chicago Press, 2005).

Valeria Finucci, The Manly Masquerade: masculinity, paternity, and castration in the Italian Renaissance (Duke University Press, 2003).

Will Fisher, The Renaissance Beard: Masculinity in Early Modern England’, Renaissance Quarterly, 54 (2001), 1, pp. 155-187.

Elizabeth C. Goldsmith and Dena Goodman (eds), Going Public: Women and Publishing in Early Modern France (Cornell University Press, 1995)

Floyd Gray, Gender, Rhetoric and Print Culture in French Renaissance Writing, Cambridge Studies in French, 63 (Cambridge University Press, 2000).

Kathleen P. Long (ed.), High Anxiety: Masculinity in Crisis in Early Modern France, Sixteenth Century Essays & Studies (Truman State University Press, 2002).

Benjamin B. Roberts, ‘The "Marlboro Men" of the Early Seventeenth Century: Masculine Role Models for Dutch Youths in the Golden Age?’, Men and Masculinities,  9 (2006), 1, pp. 76-94 (on smoking as a masculine role model).

Alexandra Shepard, Meanings of Manhood in Early Modern England (Oxford: OUP, 2003).

Merry Wiesner-Hanks, Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe. New Approaches to Modern European History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993; 2nd edn: 2000).

(ii) Women and belief


Silvia Evangelisti, Nuns. A History of Convent Life 1450-1700 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007).


Monica Chojnacka, ‘Women, Charity and Community in Early Modern Venice: The Casa Delle Zitelle’, Renaissance Quarterly, 51, 1998, pp. 000-000

K. J. P. Lowe, Nuns' Chronicles and Convent Culture in Renaissance and Counter-Reformation Italy (Cambridge: CUP, 2003)

Robert L. Kendrick, Celestial Sirens: Nuns and Their Music in Early Modern Milan (Oxford: OUP, 1996)

Adriana Valerio, ‘Heilige Texte, Körpersprache und die Autorität weiblicher Prophetie und Mystik’, Journal of the European Society of Women in Theological Research, 12 (2004), pp. 53-66 (on the Italian mystic and preacher Domenica Narducci da Paradiso [1473-1553]).

Elissa B. Weaver, Convent Theatre in Early Modern Italy: Spiritual Fun and Learning for Women (Cambridge: CUP, 2002).

Jutta Gisela Sperling, Convents and the Body Politic in Late Renaissance Venice, (University of Chicago Press, 1999).


Kari Boyd McBride, ‘Gender and Judaism in Meditations on the Passion: Middleton, Southwell, Lanyer, and Fletcher’, in: Discovering and Recovering the Seventeenth-Century Religious Lyric, ed. By Eugene Cunnar and Jeffrey Johnson (Pittsburgh: Duquesne Univ. Press, 2001), pp. 17-40.


R. Paquin, ‘Pour une lecture féminine de la Bible à la Renaissance: Socialisation et principes herméneutiques dans trois traités anonymes mis à l'Index’, Renaissance and Reformation 22 (1998) 4, pp. 27-47


Sigrid Brauner, Fearless Wives and Frightened Shrews: The Construction of the Witch in Early Modern Germany, ed. with an introd. by Robert H. Brown (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2001). 

Lyndal Roper, Witch Craze. Terror and Fantasy in Baroque Germany (London, 2004).

Ulrike Strasser, State of Virginity: Gender, Religion, and Politics in an Early Modern Catholic State, Social History, Popular Culture and Politics in Germany (University of Michigan Press, 2003)

Merry Wiesner-Hanks, Gender, Church, and State in Early Modern Germany: Essays by Merry E. Wiesner. Women and Men in History (London, Longman, 1998).


Elizabeth A Lehfeldt, Religious Women in Golden Age Spain: the Permeable Cloister (Ashgate, 2005).

Renée Levine Melammed, Heretics or Daughters of Israel? The crypto-Jewish women of Castile (Oxford University Press US, 1999).

(iii) Masculinity and belief

Matthew S. Biberman, Masculinity, Anti-Semitism, and Early Modern English Literature: From the Satanic to the Effeminate Jew, Women and Gender in the Early Modern World (Ashgate, 2004).

Jean-Marie Le Gall, Les Moines au temps des réformes: France, 1480-1560 (Seyssel: Champ Vallon, 2001)


"Belief and Disbelief: Encounters with the Other"


John Christian Laursen, Cary J Nederman, and Ian Hunter (eds), Heresy In Transition: transforming ideas of heresy in medieval and early modern Europe (Ashgate, 2005)

Peter Burke, ‘Frontiers of the Monstrous: Perceiving National Characters in Early Modern Europe’, in: Monstrous Bodies/Political Monstrosities in Early Modern Europe, edited by Laura Lunger Knoppers and Joan B. Landes (Cornell University Press, 2004), pp. 25-39.


Armando Maggi, Satan’s Rhetoric: a Study of Renaissance Demonology (University of Chicago Press, 2001).

Alessandro Scafi, Mapping Paradise: a History of Heaven on Earth (London: British Library and Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 2006).


David R. Blanks and Michael Frassetto (eds.), Western Views of Islam in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: Perception of Other (St Martin’s Press, 1999).

Daniel Goffman, The Ottoman Empire and Early Modern Europe, New Approaches to European History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002 repr. 2003).

Robert C. Davis, Christian Slaves, Muslim Masters: white slavery in the Mediterranean, the Barbary Coast, and Italy, 1500-1800, Early Modern History: Society & Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003).


Allison P. Coudert and Elias Shukri Shoufany, Hebraica Veritas? Christian Hebraists and the Study of Judaism in Early Modern Europe (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004)

Anna Foa, The Jews of Europe after the Black Death, translated from the Italian by Andrea Grover (Berkeley, Los Angeles, and London: University of California Press, 2000).

Magda Teter, Jews and Heretics in Catholic Poland: A Beleaguered Church in the Post-Reformation Era (Cambridge: CUP, 2006).

Renée Levine Melammed, Heretics Or Daughters of Israel? the crypto-Jewish women of Castile (Oxford University Press US, 1999).

Gretchen D. Starr-LeBeau, In the Shadow of the Virgin: inquisitors, friars, and "conversos" in Guadalupe, Spain (Princeton University Press, 2003).



Kim F. Hall, Things of darkness in Early Modern England (Cornell university Press, 1996).