A lady is conceited and chatty, foolish, envious, and arrogant… It is impossible to find a pleasant remark about a woman in the entire body of writing of the time. The veil of old patriarchal mores remains thick. The Beautiful Lady’s cult emerges. The Virgin Mary cult is represented by a woman in every church. The woman starts to “manifest.” She’s still in the shadows. But we’re starting to notice it. The attitude toward a lady becomes erratic and perplexing.
They were rarely in the lead roles, but they often determined how events unfolded.