Reflection on the roles of woman and man in a marriage  
(based on the 17th century funeral sermons) Cover Image

Siedemnastowieczna refleksja o rolach kobiety i mężczyzny w małżeństwie (na podstawie kazań pogrzebowych)
Reflection on the roles of woman and man in a marriage (based on the 17th century funeral sermons)

Author(s): Małgorzata Krzysztofik
Subject(s): History, Social history, Gender history
Published by: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Pedagogicznego w Krakowie
Keywords: old Polish culture;funeral sermons; mentality;literary activity;Aleksander Lorencowicz

Summary/Abstract: Thee article is an analysis of the concept of marriage and the traditional roles ascribed to wife and husband, presented in a set of standard funeral sermons written by Jesuit Fr. Alexander Lorencowicz. The author’s vision of man and woman relationship has been built based on a combination of the biblical sources, Christian tradition and Old-Polish culture. Fr. Lorencowicz promotespatriarchal family model, characterized by enormous power of a father. e condition of happiness in marriage is compliance resulting from the wife’s obedience to her husband. A man was shown in sermons as a responsible husband, father, head of the family, a knight defending the homeland and the Catholic Faith and a statesman active in the eld of political-social affairs. While a woman is shown as wife, mother, nurse, focused on home, farm and the good education of children. The characteristics desired in both woman as well as in man, are: mutual respect, patience, love, endure life adversity and providing assistance to each other.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 5-18
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Polish