The Marvelous Hairy Girls: The Gonzales Sisters and Their Worlds



❮PDF / Epub❯ ☁ The Marvelous Hairy Girls: The Gonzales Sisters and Their Worlds ✍ Author Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks – E17streets4all.co.uk This book tells the extraordinary story of three sixteenth century sisters who, along with their father and brothers, were afflicted with an extremely rare genetic condition that made them unusually h This book tells the extraordinary Hairy Girls: PDF/EPUB » story of three sixteenth century sisters who, along with their father and brothers, The Marvelous PDF/EPUB ² were afflicted with an extremely rare genetic condition that made them unusually hairy Amazingly, the Gonzales sisters were not Marvelous Hairy Girls: PDF ☆ mocked or shunned, but were welcomed in the courts of Europe, spending much of their lives among nobles, musicians, and artists Their double identity as humans and beasts made them intriguing, and the girls and their father were the subjects not only of medical investigations but also of a considerable number of portraits, some of which still hang in European castles today Using the Gonzales family as a lens, historian Merry Wiesner Hanks examines their varied and wondrous times The story of this family connects with every important change of their era political and religious violence, colonial conquest, new forms of scholarship and science and also provides insights into the complex relationships between beastliness, monstrosity, and gender in early modern life.The Marvelous Hairy Girls: The Gonzales Sisters and Their Worlds

Merry E Wiesner Hanks PhD Hairy Girls: PDF/EPUB » University of Wisconsin Madison taught first at Augustana College in Illinois, and since The Marvelous PDF/EPUB ² at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, where she is currently UWM Distinguished Professor in the department of history Marvelous Hairy Girls: PDF ☆ She is the coeditor of the Sixteenth Century Journal and the author or editor ofthan twenty books, most recently The Marvelous Hairy Girls The Gonzales Sisters and Their Worlds and Gender in History She is the former Chief Reader for Advanced Placement World History.

The Marvelous Hairy Girls: The Gonzales Sisters and Their
    The Marvelous Hairy Girls: The Gonzales Sisters and Their and artists Their double identity as humans and beasts made them intriguing, and the girls and their father were the subjects not only of medical investigations but also of a considerable number of portraits, some of which still hang in European castles today Using the Gonzales family as a lens, historian Merry Wiesner Hanks examines their varied and wondrous times The story of this family connects with every important change of their era political and religious violence, colonial conquest, new forms of scholarship and science and also provides insights into the complex relationships between beastliness, monstrosity, and gender in early modern life."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 250 pages
  • The Marvelous Hairy Girls: The Gonzales Sisters and Their Worlds
  • Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks
  • English
  • 16 August 2018
  • 0300127332

10 thoughts on “The Marvelous Hairy Girls: The Gonzales Sisters and Their Worlds

  1. says:

    not so much about the hairy girls as the world around them, and our worldview shaped by them and other freaks throughout history meticulously researched, full of delicious factoids and figures.

  2. says:

    Interesting subject but the author wandered off point quite a bit and then became repetitive It wasconcerned with the question of women in 16th century Europe, and whether we were considered human, animal or something in between The author herself admits details about the Gozales family are sketchy at best, the best surviving record of their existence are several highly detailed portraits, so perhaps not the easiest subject with which to attempt to fill an entire book.

  3. says:

    Great topic Bad presentation The story of the sixteenth century Gonzales family, who became a part of Europe s noble courts due to their rare genetic condition, hypertichosis It explains that the Gonzaleses were considered very much like wards of the court, like many other human oddities of the time, such as dwarfs Members of family were educated and wore rich clothing, but were often traded between royal families as if they were gifts.However, the author s search through history uncovered v Great topic Bad presentation The story of the sixteenth century Gonzales family, who became a part of Europe s noble courts due to their rare genetic condition, hypertichosis It explains that the Gonzaleses were considered very much like wards of the court, like many other human oddities of the time, such as dwarfs Members of family were educated and wore rich clothing, but were often traded between royal families as if they were gifts.However, the author s search through history uncovered very little of substance on the family or their condition and it seems she really stretched the material to write this book Most of the book is not about the Gonzales sisters but an attempt to look at how normal women of the sixteenth century were sometimes viewed as monsters, even without being hairy It also jumps around to explain some politics and religious views of the times, but fails to relate these to the Gonzaleses The book s target readers will be picking it up to learn about the history of a rare family, and will be disappointed to find little on them If I d wanted to read about socio political status of the average 16th century European woman, I would have chosen another book.It does have some great historical paintings of the Gonzales family The book is worth picking up to take a look at these, but don t bother reading it

  4. says:

    Perhaps appreciating ironically how close they were to genetic freaks themselves, 16th century aristocrats like the Farnese and Bourbons collected unusual people in this case, the hirsute Canary islander Gonsales family Because they were pious, they became Exhibit A in the Catholic Civilizing Mission, were highly educated, well paid and protected from accusations of witchcraft, enjoying a life that while predicated on being studied, was pretty damn good for 16th century commoners Weisner back Perhaps appreciating ironically how close they were to genetic freaks themselves, 16th century aristocrats like the Farnese and Bourbons collected unusual people in this case, the hirsute Canary islander Gonsales family Because they were pious, they became Exhibit A in the Catholic Civilizing Mission, were highly educated, well paid and protected from accusations of witchcraft, enjoying a life that while predicated on being studied, was pretty damn good for 16th century commoners Weisner backgrounds this with the humanistic Renaissance scholarship that made the Gonsales family central to discussions of breeding, aesthetics, gender and ultimately what it meant to be human

  5. says:

    The odd thing about the book is that the hairy girls become almost a secondary interest to the author sinteresting writing on how hairiness and masculinity and femininity have been connected or separate in history The extensive research on the human curiosity cabinets kept by royalty was also fascinating However, as she writes in the first 10 pages, we really don t know much about the hairy girls outside of a few paintings and personal accounts I guess marvelous hairy girls was an easie The odd thing about the book is that the hairy girls become almost a secondary interest to the author sinteresting writing on how hairiness and masculinity and femininity have been connected or separate in history The extensive research on the human curiosity cabinets kept by royalty was also fascinating However, as she writes in the first 10 pages, we really don t know much about the hairy girls outside of a few paintings and personal accounts I guess marvelous hairy girls was an easier book pitch than the gender issues of hairiness Either way, great research, if even by the last few chapters I was wishing we could just forget the hairy girls entirely

  6. says:

    The story of the Gonzales sisters, and their similarly hairy father and brother, takes up very little of the book The author makes good use of sources from the time to show the influences acting on the people of the time This, she states, is intended to show us how the Gonzaleses contemporaries saw them and show them as people, not as curiosities I consider her first goal a success, but the second fell short due to a serious lack of information.

  7. says:

    this book plumbs many sources to flesh out the few known facts about the hairy gonzales family, who were kept at the court of Henry IV the author explores numerous themes the other, the monster,the wild man and connects the role of 16th 17th c women in this admittedly patchy biography.

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