The subject of the most recent chapter on the Italian Renaissance was not very eye opening. As usual, women were used and abused. Even among the wealthy, you were expected to produce children, and since there wasn't any type of birth control, they continued to do so until they died in childbirth, or weren't able to produce children any more. If a woman survived all of her pregnancies and childbirth's, she might see two or three children survive, as the mortality rate was 25 to 50%. Or, perhaps none of the children survived. It was pretty rough.
You give your husband a dowry, which he is allowed to "manage" ~ and I would think that often this means he pisses it away, and then if he dies, you're on your own.
I wouldn't want to have been alive during the Renaissance, unless I could have been a man. Typical.
The movie was great ~ but there were moments when the camera would spin around, and I had to look away. It reminded me of being on a roller coaster.....which makes me sick. Otherwise, it was really nice to get out! I don't even remember the last movie we went to see, and in fact we discussed it and neither of us could recall. I think we need to get out more. Once I'm done with the Renaissance, I should have a bit more free time. I just need to keep hurrying along. Still no freakin' grade on my mid-term, although I didn't really expect to see it show up on Sat or Sun. That's just stupid.
We've been on the receiving end of rain, that elusive weather phenomena that makes living in the high desert so wonderful. I've never lived anywhere that smells so wonderful after a rain. It should be really nice tomorrow morning.
Well, gotta go read some of the book for the honors class. I'm actually looking forward to it, as it's about the life of Darwin.
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