The goal of my research is to study the relation between women, marriage, and religion by comparing Protestant Germany and Catholic Spain during the Reformation and Counter Reformation. Both emphasized gender as it reformed marriage laws and the legal rights of women.
The Catholics and the Protestants had separate definitions of marriage, different marriage laws and customs, and often differing views and actions on women's occupations within society. Yet when these two religious groups interacted with the common people, complexities resulted because the people decided which changes actually took place. Because of this, in some European communities in the Early Modern Period, the differences between these two Christian religions was actually much less defined than perceived in present-day history books.
Faculty Mentor: Grace Coolidge
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