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By Madame de Maintenon,John J. Conley S.J.

Born Françoise d'Aubigné, a criminal's daughter diminished to road begging as a toddler, Madame de Maintenon (1653-1719) made an implausible upward thrust from impoverished beginnings to the summit of strength because the moment, mystery spouse of Louis XIV. an academic reformer, Maintenon based and directed the distinguished academy for aristocratic ladies at Saint-Cyr. This quantity offers the dialogues and addresses within which Maintenon explains her debatable philosophy of schooling for women.

Denounced via her contemporaries as a political schemer and spiritual enthusiast, Maintenon has lengthy been criticized as an opponent of gender equality. The writings during this quantity faithfully replicate Maintenon's admire for social hierarchy and her stoic demand ladies to simply accept the tasks in their nation in existence. however the writings additionally echo Maintenon's extra feminist issues: the necessity to redefine the virtues within the gentle of women's adventure, the significance of naming the limitations on women's freedom, and the pressing have to therapy the scandalous forget of the schooling of women.

In her writings in addition to in her personal version tuition at Saint-Cyr, Maintenon embodies the call for for academic reform because the key to the empowerment of girls on the sunrise of modernity.

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