Book Of The City Of Ladies

This reading was very interesting. This quote stuck out to me in particular, “How many women are there … who because of their husbands’ harshness spend their weary lives in the bond of marriage in greater suffering than if they were slaves among the Saracens?” This quote brings up the topic of domestic abuse that women unfortunately have been experiencing for centuries. By comparing the misery of abuse to be greater than slavery, the author really makes an impact in explaining just how emotionally and physically abusive a marriage can be. Women in abusive relationships often feel trapped and have no where to run due to the bond of marriage just like slaves who are trapped by their masters.


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