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Wife, Nun, or Whore: The Three Fates

August 7, 2013

Tags: blog tour, the serpent and the pearl, queen anne boleyn

I'm joining the Berkley Jove author chat tomorrow night! Drop by the Writerspace Reader's Chat Room at 9pm ET if you've got a question for me, or would just like to say hello.

I'm also over on the Queen Anne Boleyn site today, talking about the three fates for Renaissance women: wife, nun, and whore. How much do you know about how each variety of woman led her life? A snippet . . .

"Women born to the respectable but not ruling classes, like my heroine Giulia Farnese, simply didnít go anywhere. Unmarried girls were kept firmly sequestered in the house to guard their virtue; the only place they might go to see and be seen was church. Even after marriage, Renaissance matrons were expected to keep to their own households, their lives a round of domestic duties, the occasional family party, and of course, more church. And thatís if you were lucky enough to get married in the first placeóif you werenít, your life was nothing but church."

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