Sex, Honour and Morality: About the Precarious Situation of Servant Girls in Post-Tridentine Muenster

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By examining different forms of deviance, this article asks how the religious reforms brought about by the Council of Trent affected issues of discipline and morality for women and men. My case study is the city of Münster, situated in the north of the Holy Roman Empire. Münster was exposed to powerful Protestant influences, which culminated in the notorious Anabaptist kingdom of 1534. After the defeat of radical Protestantism the city was returned to Catholicism and eventually a stringent programme of reform was enforced. The article shows how the Tridentine reforms influenced perceptions of gender and discusses how the women, and in particular servant girls, experienced these changes.


Original languageEnglish
JournalMélanges de l'École française de Rome-Italie et Méditerranée modernes et contemporaines (MEFRIM)
Issue number2
Early online date2 Aug 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2017