Class Year


Document Type

Student Research Paper

Date of Creation

Fall 2014

Department 1

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 paper was written for Prof. Felicia Else's course, FYS 197: Florence: Art, Money, and Power in the Renaissance City, Fall 2014.