Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Scottish Puritanism, 1590-1638$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

David George Mullan

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198269977

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198269978.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 06 December 2021

The Ambiguity of the Feminine

The Ambiguity of the Feminine

(p.140) 5 The Ambiguity of the Feminine
Scottish Puritanism, 1590-1638

David George Mullan

Oxford University Press

While Puritan divinity hewed closely to contemporary limitations on women's public roles, its promoters took seriously the spiritual needs of female parishioners and incorporated the feminine into their discourse. Marriage, if not theoretically between absolute equals, was based upon mutual affection, and it is clear that ministers were emotionally bound to their beloved spouses and took ‘godly’ women seriously as advisers. But women, while the weaker sex, retained the power to subvert the stronger sex, and so must behave modestly. Men who beat their wives behaved badly and were liable to censure. Women did take part in religious life in the home and were frequent participants when religion controversy went into the streets.

Keywords:   affection, family, marriage, women in religion

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .