Monday, March 19, 2007

Cappelanus about women

I am no misogynist. That’s why I was surprised with the last chapter of Andreas’ Cappelanus book, The Art of Courtly Love, written in the XII century. Look at this paragraph and you will understand what I mean:

“Furthermore, not only is every woman by nature a miser, but she is also envious and a slanderer of other women, greedy, a slave to her belly, inconstant, fickle in her speech, disobedient and impatient of restraint, spotted with the sin of pride and desirous of vainglory, a liar, a drunkard, a babbler, no keeper of secrets, too much given to wantonness, prone to every evil, and never loving any man in her heart.”

(Translated by John Jay Parrry, Columbia University Press, NewYork, 1960)

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