EARLY MODERN MARRIAGE COUNSELLING.
Xanthippe’s marriage is in bad shape. Let’s listen in on a consultation.
- He is a brute and threatened to beat me. What can I do?
- How can I improve our relationship.
- He wastes my dowry on drink, whores, and gambling.
- How can I improve him?
- And if that doesn’t work?
- I’m pregnant already. In fact, that’s why I married him. And I wish I could leave him again.
(Source: Erasmus, Colloquies)