He sets out with the declaration that when man was created male and female, difference was made in the flesh, not in the soul. But the most evident proof of the innate purity of the female sex is, that a woman having once washed is clean, and if she wash in p. The following argumentation results from the cosmological location of Natura as a sort medium in between God and the human beings. In short, woman is the sum of all earth's beauty, and it proved that her beauty has sometimes inspired even angels and demons with a desperate and fatal love. As to the soul, then, man and woman are alike; but as to everything else the woman is the better part of the creation. So, he also assumed that the woman was created by God out of a purified reasonable matter whereas the man was only created by nature out of the feces or soil. The female organism was supposed to be cold and wet in contrast to the male one which was qualified as hot and dry an and therefore stronger. Women were at the foot of the cross, women were at the sepulchre. The crucial point is that in the renaissance and in the early modern times the superiority of the female gender was stimulated by two impacts overlapping each other very intriguingly: Now it was that Agrippa wrote his book on Magic. This dualistic gender ideology did not only differentiate strictly both sexes, but also constructed a fundamental polarity implicating a basic judgement: A n d the credibility of this section is not helped by the misspelling of the name of one writer listed Molitur, instead of Molitor , and the attribution of an incorrect first name to another Stefano Guazzo, instead of Francesco-Maria Guazzo. The queen of all birds, he says, is the eagle, always of the female sex, for no male eagles have been found. Humanists certainly shared the misogynist views of their culture; but they sometimes m a d e possible a re-reading of that tradition by their critical position towards the authors, texts and cultural values of the past. Solomon's texts on the surpassing excellence of a good woman of course are cited, and a cabalistic hint is given of the efficacy of the letter H, which Abram took away from his wife Sarah, and put into the middle of his own name, after he had been blessed through her.