Masculinity in the Reformation Era

Edited by Scott H. Hendrix, Susan C. Karant-Nunn

Hardback - £38.95

Publication date:

01 May 2008

Length of book:

256 pages


Truman State University Press

ISBN-13: 9781931112765

These essays add a unique perspective to studies that reconstruct the identity of manhood in early modern Europe, including France, Switzerland, Spain, and Germany. The authors examine the ways in which sixteenth- and seventeenth-century authorities, both secular and religious, labored to turn boys and men into the Christian males they desired. Topics include disparities among gender paradigms that early modern models prescribed and the tension between the patriarchal model and the civic duties that men were expected to fulfill. Essays about Martin Luther, a prolific self-witness, look into the marriage relationship with its expected and actual gender roles. Contributors to this volume are Scott H. Hendrix, Susan C. Karant-Nunn, Raymond A. Mentzer, Allyson M. Poska, Helmut Puff, Karen E. Spierling, Ulrike Strasser, B. Ann Tlusty, and Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks.

“This is a rewarding collection of essays, which goes a substantial distance in helping to rebalance historical perspectives on gender roles and relations... One of the features which emerges most clearly from this collection is the extent to which masculinity was in a process of “negotiation”—at least three articles use this term specifically. There also emerges a very real sense of the multiple, and sometimes conflicting natures of masculinity (we might even say masculinities). Much work remains to be done in this field, but this volume has taken considerable steps in establishing an agenda for future research.”

European History Quarterly