HERE'S an interesting interview with Lady Antonia Fraser.
She mentions a point I hadn't thought about before. The closing of convents during the so-called Reformation was a disaster for women's education. She's right. Just think of the long line of well-educated, influential women during the Middle Ages, from Hilda of Whitby through Catherine of Siena. Without the convents they'd never have had the opportunity. After the Reformation it was back to being chattels without any hope of escape.