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To the Queen,1 on presenting her with, The Equality of Men and Women

To the Queen,1 on presenting her with, The Equality of Men and Women

Chapter:
(p.73) To the Queen,1 on presenting her with, The Equality of Men and Women
Source:
Apology for the Woman Writing and Other Works
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226305264.003.0007

Marie le Jars de Gournay dedicates her book, The Equality of Men and Women, to Queen Anne of Austria (1601–1666), daughter of Philip III of Spain, who had married the French King Louis XIII in 1615. Here, she talks about how “the Light of Virtues shall have no West, when time has converted their flower into fruit; and consequently the felicity of the French, which they illuminate, shall also have no West. Now, while you are in the East of your age, as of your virtues, deign, Madam, to resolve to arrive at their noon at the same time that you arrive at that of your years. I mean at the noon of your Virtues, which, in order to mature, must benefit from leisure and culture. For there are several of the most commendable—among others, religion, charity to the poor, chastity, and marital love—that the noble instinct of Nature and fortunate birth may inspire of themselves; of these you attained the noontide even in your morning...”

Keywords:   Marie Gournay, Men and Women, Queen Anne, virtues, leisure, religion, marital love

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