Women in 18th Century Malta to be launched at Ggantija Temples, Gozo

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Women in 18th Century Malta to be launched at Ggantija Temples, GozoThis Friday, Yosanne Vella will launch her publication – Women in 18th Century Malta – at the Ggantija Temples, Xaghra Gozo.

The launch will open at 3pm, on Friday, the 4th of November with a public lecture on the subject, at the very spot where French artist Jean-Pierre Houël captured Gozitan women picking cotton at the back of the Megalithic Temples during a tour of Malta, Sicily and Lipari beween 1776-1779.

Maltese and Gozitan women then featured prominently in a flourishing cotton industry spread around the Maltese islands. The historian has been researching Maltese women in the 18th century for the past 30 years.

The publication of Women in 18th Century Malta brings together various aspects of women’s lives in 18th century Malta including the work they did, their involvement in religion and magic as well as Maltese women’s interaction and encounters with other members of their society, their crimes as well as when they themselves fell victims of crime.

The historian said that all the evidence shows that the attitude of Maltese society towards women with regard their family honour, social and legal status, position in the family and in religious matters was no different from any other South European Catholic country.

The front cover of this unique publication features Houël’s painting which has been exhibited at the Heritage Museum in St Petersburg since it was obtained by Catherine the Great of Russia.

Yosanne Vella is an Associate Professor at the University of Malta and the History and Social Studies coordinator of the Faculty of Education.

The publication will be on sale at the SKS Publishers Stand during the Malta Book Festival between 8-12th of November at the Mediterranean Conference Centre.

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