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Written by Line
(4/24/2010 9:25 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I agree that the future, penned by nan duval
Antonia Fraser talks a bit about this in her very interesting book "The Weaker Vessel: A Woman's Lot in 17th-Century England". She makes the same point as you do: that Catholic women who were interested in more than just marriage, or who just didn't want to marry, could join a religious order, but Protestant women didn't have that option - it was marriage or nothing. (AF points out that while English Protestants considered religious orders a very suspect, "Popish" idea, many educated, intelligent Englishwomen might have benefitted from having that option.)
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