Mary C. Westermann '18, Gettysburg College
Student Research Paper
Date of Creation
First Year Seminar
Unfortunately, a young woman in Renaissance Florence did not have many options for her future. A woman's family usually decided whether she would be able to get married or would have to enter the convent, but sometimes she was able to make this choice. In this paper, I look at the lives of wives and nuns to analyze how their lives differed in responsibilities and freedoms, but also to see how all women had similar restrictions and expectations placed upon them.
This is the author's version of the work. This publication appears in Gettysburg College's institutional repository by permission of the copyright owner for personal use, not for redistribution.
Westermann, Mary C., "Did One Veil Give Women a Better Life?" (2014). Student Publications. 259.
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