Los tratados en defensa de las mujeres virtuosas en la castilla medieval
Maier, Erica Nicole
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This thesis investigates the links between the Literature of Misogyny and Literature in Defense of Women in Medieval Castile. The study includes the Greco-Roman and ecclesiastical influences on the opinion of woman during this epoch. The works of misogynist authors such as Giovanni Boccaccio, Pedro Torroella, and Alfonso Martínez de Toledo are compared to works by Diego de Valera, Álvaro de Luna, Martín de Córdoba, and Juan Rodríguez del Padrón, all of whom wrote treatises in defense of women. The thesis also examines the Memorias of Leonor López de Córdoba as an example of the controversy regarding one woman who defines herself by criteria established by her male counterparts.